Construction on the new VCSU heat plant continues on a site east of Rhoades Science Center. Funded by an appropriation received from the North Dakota Legislature in its 2015 session, the $13.9 million steam plant facility will replace an outdated facility constructed in 1910.
Crossover from the old plant to the new will be accomplished by mid to late winter 2017, with the plant fully operational for the 2017–18 heating season.
VCSU, in collaboration with the Energy and Environmental Research Center 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