Florida State University is a growing campus of almost 500 acres in Tallahassee, the state capital. As new buildings come on line the HVAC load to serve those buildings also requires expansion, which is why the school built a new satellite chiller plant in 2008. Located close by the school’s medical school, the new satellite chiller plant comes with Trane supplied chillers, Taco pumps, and a custom built Taco 4900 Series Air-Dirt Separator, the biggest unit Taco has built to date.
The satellite chiller plant is connected
to the central energy
plant and serves as a "stage"
plant to provide chilled water
for air conditioning needs on
campus. It is connected through
a 1 1/2 mile underground piping
loop. Equipped with three 1500
ton, 200 hp Trane centrifugal
chillers (plus one as backup), the
plant also comes with six 200 hp
Taco TA pumps, multi-purpose
valves, suction diffusers, a CA expansion
tank and ABB VFD units
to control the pumps.