Energy Island Update – May 2017

2017-06-12T14:19:53+00:00 June 12th, 2017|

The creation of Williamson’s Energy Island continues to move forward with some additions taking place soon and others in the near future. The upgrades include: Solar Array A Solar Array was installed on the roof of the Restall Sports Center with the help of power plant technology students during the winter, and will soon [...]

Energy Island Takes Key Step with Installation of Recloser Unit

2016-04-22T20:33:14+00:00 April 12th, 2016|

A recloser unit, a key component of the Energy Island, was successfully installed on campus recently. Trustee Richard Storm 6W2 said, “This is a big step in the last 20 years of the Energy Island since the idea was first presented in the 1990s at one of our PAC meetings. This is good for the [...]

Storm 6W2 Speaks at the American Boiler Manufacturers Association’s Summer Meeting

2016-11-14T15:21:35+00:00 August 6th, 2015|

Trustee Richard Storm 6W2 introduced Williamson College of the Trades (still The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in June when the talk was given) and its mission to members of the American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) during their summer meeting at Hilton Head Island, SC. In his talk, “Planning to Build the Workforce of [...]

Vault Arrives for Energy Island

2015-07-13T13:54:54+00:00 July 13th, 2015|

Another piece of the Energy Island Project was put in place this morning with the arrival of the vault. The transformer will sit on top of the vault, which is outside the power plant. Cables will go from the generator with 480 volts through the transformer which will step this up to 4160 volts connected [...]

Energy Island Commissioning Celebration Held

2016-11-14T15:21:35+00:00 March 30th, 2015|

The progress to date of the Energy Island Project was recognized recently during a “Commissioning Celebration” with trustees, alumni, staff, students, and visitors in the Power Plant’s Turbine Hall. More pictures of this event can be found on the Williamson Facebook page. After an invocation by Rev. Mark Specht 7W7, chaplain, President Michael Rounds welcomed [...]

Preparing for Arrival of CAT Engine/Generator

2015-07-01T06:13:52+00:00 March 20th, 2015|

Tom Ott, Energy Island project manager, takes some measurements for a floor segment in the Power Plant that will support the 480 kW CAT natural gas engine/generator when it arrives later this spring. It will have sufficient power generation by itself to power the core campus. This slightly used engine/generator was located in Kansas by [...]

Steam Turbine Is Commissioned

2015-06-26T19:11:21+00:00 January 26th, 2015|

A major component of the Energy Island Project was completed today when a worker from Skinner Power Systems commissioned Williamson’s new 70kW steam turbine. John Vogel, a turbine technician, spent four days commissioning the turbine and instructing students in its use. John Beaudry, director of power plant technology said, “This turbine is a wonderful addition [...]

Power Plant’s New Steam Turbine Arrives

2015-06-26T19:11:40+00:00 September 22nd, 2014|

Williamson’s new 70 kW steam turbine arrived and after a great group effort of Power Plant Technology and Machine Tool Technology students, was placed on a concret pad in Turbine Hall. It will be powered by a newly retrofitted Cleaver Brooks 150hp firetube boiler. The turbine was made possible with gifts from the Connelly Foundation, [...]