More than 7,000 visitors tour Central Energy Facility since opening

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This year, Stanford’s new Central Energy Facility welcomed its 7,000th visitor to tour the facility and learn best practices from the innovative project. A key component of Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI), the Central Energy Facility (CEF) demonstrates the university’s transformation of its energy supply from a 100% fossil-fuel-based cogeneration plant to grid-sourced electricity and a more efficient electric heat recovery system. Since opening its doors in 2015, weekly public tours offer an introduction to the facility’s heat recovery and thermal storage system, which take advantage of Stanford’s overlap in heating and cooling needs. Visitors have come from around the world to learn about the innovations and best practices on display, including government delegations from France, China, and Taiwan, local organizations like the San Francisco Airport, Google, and Apple, and peer institutions and energy professionals, like MIT or Affiliated Engineers, to name a few.