When Natural Gas, Electricity, and Water Mix . . .
Swimmers in Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion are a bit warmer thanks to a 30-kilowatt Capstone microturbine, fueled by natural gas, which is producing electricity for the building and efficiently heating the College’s eight-lane pool. “Using natural gas directly to fuel the microturbine greatly reduces emissions of oxides of carbon and nitrogen and other byproducts of fossil-fueled electric generation,” says Richard Bettega, associate vice president for facilities. NW Natural, the region’s largest natural gas distribution company, partnered with Lewis & Clark to install the device.
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