INSIDE THIS ISSUE…
San Diego State cogen tour
Housed in a 15,000 square foot former garage
2 - President’s message
beside the Physical Plant main offices, two Solar
3 - Program for success Turbine Taurus 60 turbines produce a combined 14
4 - Student membership value megawatts of energy, more than enough to power
5 - Microsleep detector the campus’ peak load of 12 megawatts.
“In layman’s terms, the cogeneration plant
6 - Spotlight on Cal Poly
produces enough energy at any given point to
7 - Reading, ‘riting and robotics power around 12,000 homes,” said Bill Lekas,
Water projects approved administrative analyst. “Not only does the campus
8 - Section news produce its own power, we even generate extra that
EPA opens S.Cal office could be sold.” Physical Plant is exploring avenues
to supply power to the grid on a surplus basis.
9 - Regional events
The steam produced by the turbines is used to
PE exam review class
heat and cool and generate electricity for 55 to 60
10 - Energy and power news major buildings on campus, residence halls, out-
door lighting and parking lots. Cogeneration in Bill Lekas of SDSU by the steam turbine.
11 - What is ISA?
Photo courtesy SDSU Universe.
12 - Industrial networking simple terms is using one fuel source for multiple
jobs. The campus does buy a relatively small amount
13 - Refinery & oil field news of power for some housing not on the campus grid.
14 - Job Shop After awarding the design and build contract to University Mechanical in February 2000 the
15 - Software safety development cogeneration plant became fully operational in January 2003, and now augments the local power
grid to serve the new Aztec Athletic Center, Cuicacalli residence halls and all other existing and
projected campus buildings.
The university formerly bought 5 million kilowatt hours (kwh) per month - at the current
PE Review Class... Last chance rate of 16 cents per kwh that would translate to a monthly power bill of $800,000. The current
to sign up. Please see page 9... cogeneration plant gives San Diego State the ability to produce power at a lower price, producing
net savings to the University.
Education is the theme of the The cost to produce power depends on the cost of the gas used to run the turbines. As gas
July issue. Please support and prices fall, the savings grow even larger. Savings initially used to pay back the loan to build the
encourage your local science and new plant will eventually benefit the university in many other ways.
engineering students by supporting This article was written by Colleen DeLory, SDSUniverse, a news Web site for the faculty and
the section! staff of San Diego State University, published by Marketing & Communications, Div of Univer-
sity Advancement. The entire article and more is at www.sdsuniverse.info/story.asp?id=15922.
Location: Combined Cycle Cogen Facility Date: Tuesday, July 20 at 5pm
Physical Plant RSVP is required for this tour
San Diego State University
IMPORTANT! There is no public parking at the cogen. To attend, you MUST contact Chris
Freeman to arrange for carpooling. Email preferred firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 483-5673. Bring
eye and hearing protection if you have them.
Directions: SDSU is located off I-8, 4 miles east of I-805 at College Avenue exit. Physical plant
“Success is the ability to go is located at the northeast corner of the campus. For campus maps and directions, please see
from one failure to another www.sdsu.edu/map. (See map on page 2.)
with enthusiasm.” More details will be sent via the section email list, and posted at the San Diego Section website,
-- Winston Churchill www.isa.org/community/sandi.
San Diego Section
Officers 2003-2004 State of the Section
www.isa.org/community/sandi By Bob Meijer, Section President
PLC’s are now available as single chips; 24 bit A/Ds can be had for
Major Monitors, (619) 602-7250
Major_Monitors@sprynet.com under ten bucks and “flash drives,” costing less than $50 and no bigger
than a pen, can hold more data than 20 standard 3.5 inch disks. These
President-Elect & Delegate advances in electronics are matched by comparable ones in materials,
David Neuschuler genomics, communications, navigation an much more.
Teledyne API, (858) 657-9800
email@example.com One measure of the importance of these innovations is in how much
they reduce the cost of life’s wants and needs. Digital cameras let you
Secretary take and distribute pictures much more easily and economically than
with film and paper; voice over internet enables essentially free phone
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calls; government web sites provide “free” access to patents and other
public documents. In each of these cases, the old giving way to the new
Treasurer & Past-President serves to the benefit of the public This isn’t a very good time to be in the business of selling
Floyd Standing Warrior photographic film & paper, wired telephone service or copies of U.S. patents!
Lakota Engineered Systems, (858) 748-3980
FloydSW@lakotaengineeredsystem.com There do seem to be some odd exceptions — where there are actually net price increases.
Striking examples are energy, education, medical care and (in San Diego) water. Perhaps the
Member-at-Large barriers to advancement in these fields are other than technical or perhaps there’s not the
Chris Freeman necessary R&D to achieve the breakthroughs seen in other fields. I know we have ISA engineers
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in this Section working in energy, education, medical care and water ‘n waste. Let me know your
thoughts on why you think prices in these industries continue to increase faster than inflation —
Member-at-Large and the breakthroughs you think will be needed to change the trend. I’ll publish your answers in
Ray Herrera the next Signal.
CFM San Diego, (760) 434-8829
San Diego State
JANGAR Measurement Systems Univeristy Cogen
(858) 679-1165, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teledyne API, (858) 657-9800 Due to limited parking in the
email@example.com cogen area, it is important to
conact Chris Freeman to arrange
Student Section Liason
for carpooling prior to the tour.
Teledyne API, (858) 657-9800
firstname.lastname@example.org Also, if you have ear and eye
protection, please bring it with you.
Plan on meeting at a nearby
CFM San Diego, (760) 434-8829
email@example.com restaurant after the tour for
dinner or snacks. For cost, if any,
District 11 Vice President and other details, watch your email
Raj Adani and check the section website.
Caltrol, (626) 852-3507
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