EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – The Oregon Institute of Technology will use Pratt & Whitney Power Systems PureCycle® geothermal technology to provide approximately 20 percent of the electricity demand on its campus, saving the school about $100,000 annually. This will be the first geothermal power production facility in Oregon. The unit was delivered to OIT in April. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
The PureCycle power system produces no emissions. Its only byproduct is electricity, and its “fuel” – geothermal hot water – is a renewable resource. The PureCycle unit can operate with water at temperatures as low as 195 degrees Fahrenheit to generate electrical power around the clock.
Klamath Falls, where the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) is located, has extensive geothermal resources and has been heated with geothermal energy since the early 1960s. The PureCycle power system will tap geothermal water supplied from existing wells now used to heat the campus. The addition of the PureCycle geothermal power system will move the campus closer to becoming a “NetZero” energy user and is the first step in OIT’s plan to develop a larger-scale plant.
"We'll be the first campus in the world to be 100 percent geothermally powered from a resource on its campus," said John Lund, Director, Geo-Heat Center at the Institute.
The school offers a degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and will use the geothermal power plant as a teaching tool and hands-on laboratory for OIT students. “This is an important addition to our campus academic programs that will better prepare our students to perform in the real world,” Lund said.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.