The new VCSU heat plant east of Rhoades Science Center was funded by an appropriation received from the North Dakota Legislature in its 2015 session. The new heat plant replaced an outdated facility constructed in 1910.
VCSU, in collaboration with the Institute for Energy Studies at the University of North Dakota, is pursuing an innovative carbon plant addition to the heat plant. The carbon plant would burn North Dakota lignite coal and biomass in a clean process to produce fuel for the heat plant, while at the same time producing valuable activated carbon byproducts.
Additional information on the carbon plant integration into the heat plant can be found at www.vcsu.edu/cmsfiles/48/c274c5c415.pdf.