Tuesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 6, 2017

Behind the Scenes of Iowa: The University Power Plant

Presented by the UIAA, Local Hawkeyes offers a variety of educational events and unique experiences – right in your backyard!

When: 7:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
207 W. Burlington St., Iowa City
Cost: FREE to attend, but a $10 deposit is required to hold your spot, and will be refunded after the event.

The University of Iowa is a lot like the human body and the UI Power Plant, which supplies steam energy to the university could be considered the heart of the campus. Join Doug Litwiller, the UI's associate director for energy conservation, for a behind-the-scenes tour of this critical campus building.

The UI Power Plant is the primary source of steam for campus space heating, water heating, and other processes that require heat. During the tour, you’ll see the four large boilers that generate steam and learn about the various fuels used, including coal, wood chips, oat hulls, and natural gas. You’ll also walk through the “nerve center” of the plant where operators are on duty 24/7 monitoring the condition and operation of the plant systems. While in the control room, you’ll see the button that sounds the campus steam whistle four times a day and stand near the steam whistle (but not while it’s blowing!).

The tour also visits the entrance to one of the major steam tunnels that carries heat to campus, as well as the steam turbine generators that create about 20 percent of the electricity consumed on campus. 

Spots will fill quickly and cannot be guaranteed.

Please be aware this tour includes extensive walking. Attendees will be required to walk over uneven surfaces and climb steps and ladders. Attendees will be required to wear protective glasses, hard hats, closed-toed shoes, and earplugs.

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