Turbine Test to Occur Nov. 12 on Kent Campus During Veterans Day Holiday

Kent State University generates a large portion of the power used on the Kent Campus and at times can supply all the power requirements for the campus. In order to test the operation and integrity of the power generation, control and distribution systems, a test of the turbines will be performed on Monday, Nov. 12, when the university will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.

 

The purpose of the exercise is to test the turbines’ ability to power the Kent Campus without being connected to the Ohio Edison grid. The turbine test is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately two hours. If all goes as planned, the test will be completed without any interruption in power. If the test is not successful, the Kent Campus may experience a brief power outage while the university switches back to normal electric grid power. If this happens, the power is expected to be off for approximately five minutes.

 

An email will be sent to the building curator listserv to let them know of any interruptions in power during the testing period and that the test has been completed. 

 

Kent Campus employees are asked to take appropriate precautions by shutting off all computers and any unnecessary equipment before leaving for the day on Nov. 9. Reducing energy consumption as much as possible during the testing time will be beneficial.

 

Questions should be directed to Frank Renovich, associate director of energy operations, at 330-672-0775 or frenovi2@kent.edu.