Seminar to look at Penn State's decision to switch from coal to natural gas

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- On Sept. 18, Steven Maruszewski, Paul Moser and Rob Cooper from the Penn State Office of Physical Plant, will discuss the decision to move the West Campus Steam Plant from coal to natural gas. As part of the EMS Energy Institute's seminar series, the presenters walk through the timeline of important events leading to Penn State’s compliance decision to switch to natural gas as well as explain the process of design and construction at the West Campus Steam Plant.

Since 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working to finalize regulations that would set new limits on Hazardous Air Pollutants. Penn State has followed this process closely knowing its West Campus Steam Plant would likely not meet the regulations finalized in January 2013. This seminar offers the opportunity to hear what motivated Penn State's decision and learn how the switchover will be implemented.

The seminar takes place at 10 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute in C213 Coal Utilization Lab and is open to anyone. The presentation will be followed by a short question and answer session.

Energy Exchange is a seminar series hosted by the EMS Energy Institute as part of its outreach mission. The seminars focus on highly relevant energy topics especially in the area of fossil fuels. Energy topics discussed include new innovations in carbon dioxide utilization, clean coal, petroleum and natural gas, and fuel cells. Speakers include Penn State faculty as well as government and industry professionals.

The seminars are held every other Wednesday in C213 Coal Utilization Laboratory at the EMS Energy Institute from 10 am to 11 am. Refreshments will be served a half hour before the lecture. For more information, visit the Energy Exchange website.

Last Updated September 12, 2013