Honors for SESI project continue to roll in

exterior of the central energy plant
Stanford’s Central Energy Plant, part of Stanford Energy System Innovations

STANFORD ENERGY SYSTEM INNOVATIONS (SESI) has picked up yet another award. This past weekend, the editors of the Engineering News-Record presented SESI with its Editor’s Choice & Best Energy/Industrial awards. SESI, completed in 2015, transformed the university’s energy supply from a 100 percent fossil-fuel-based combined heat-and-power plant to grid-sourced electricity and a more efficient electric heat recovery system. SESI has made Stanford one of the most energy-efficient research universities in the world.

Here is what the editors had to say:

“To university engineers, the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) project represents nothing less than a revolution in the way campuses in the U.S. should be heated and cooled. Stanford University eagerly uses SESI to demonstrate to corporate, municipal and other school officials that they, too, can save energy, reduce water use and drastically reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

“The $485-million effort – in fact, four projects in one – replaces an aging 50-MW natural-gas-fired cogeneration plant with a new heat-recovery system to provide heating and cooling to the campus. A new 80-megavolt ampere electrical substation brings electricity from the grid and direct-sourced renewable-energy suppliers. Crews also converted 155 campus buildings from steam to hot-water distribution and installed a 22-mile-long network of new pipe. …

“Since completion last April, facilities managers have flocked to study SESI.

“‘We’ve had overwhelming demand – tours are booked months in advance,’ says JOSEPH STAGNER, executive director of sustainability and energy management at Stanford. Leaders from other universities, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and even France’s ambassador have made the pilgrimage to SESI.”

Read the full article in the Engineering News-Record.

Visit the SESI site to learn about other awards the project has earned and news coverage it has attracted.