Steam Plant Tours

First year engineer students on the 4th floor discover the scope of the Steam Plant. (Photo by Jon Horvatin)

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Written by The Bulletin

The University of Toronto has a 100-year history with centralized steam delivery. Steam generated by four massive boilers fueled by natural gas (originally fueled by coal) is delivered to many buildings across campus for heating spaces and making hot water. Waste heat produced by a jet turbine cogeneration unit installed in 1993, is also used to heat boilers and produce steam. And, during summer, steam is used by absorption chillers in the Medical Sciences Building for refrigeration.

Join a group of first-year engineering students as they tour the university’s steam plant with Boon-Teak Lee, the plant’s Chief Engineer.