Miami University is striving to eliminate coal burning on campus by 2025. It had already capitalized on biomass, wind, and solar energies when it considered also using geothermal technology. Miami University chose MEP Associates, LLC (MEP) to assess how a geothermal system would benefit the campus and selected MEP to implement the system. The plan MEP designed with Miami University included three initial projects, which are still on-going, with other potential projects outlined.
Project 1: Western Campus (Including Phase 1 & 2)
The first project at Miami University was to build the campus’ geothermal infrastructure on the Western part of the campus. The large, five-year project (2012-2016) was broken into two phases, and included laying a 1.77-acre geothermal pond, constructing the geothermal energy plant, and connecting nine buildings to the system.
Project 2: North Chiller Plant & East Quad Infrastructure/Renovations
The next segment of the project started in 2013 (ending in 2015) and included adding new mechanical features to the North Chiller Plant to support the water-based heating and cooling system and connecting 10 buildings to the new system.
Project 3: South Quad Hot Water Conversion
Work on project three started in 2018, and included connecting 24 buildings to the low-temperature hot water system, adding new mechanical systems to the South Chiller Plant, and connecting a 1.65-million gallon thermal energy storage tank. One of the most innovative aspects included reconfiguring the Goggin Ice Center’s heat recovery system to take heat from ice maker and inject it into the building heating hot water loop to keep the buildings warm.