A manufacturer of industrial process boilers delivered a system that helped the University of Iowa’s Oakdale Research Park campus in Coralville, Iowa, win an environmental award.

As part of UI’s Green Energy Initiative, which seeks to have 40 percent of its energy needs met with renewable resources by the end of 2020, Hurst Boiler shipped a biomass boiler that replaced the campus’s natural gas boiler. Because the project was a retrofit, Coolidge, Ga.-based company had to custom design the biomass boiler to fit into an existing structure.

The biomass boiler is able to many different fuels, allowing the campus to burn local fuels such as wood chips and oat hulls while keeping fossil fuels in place for backup. The system is controlled with the Hurst Biomass-TER, a dashboard-driven control and monitoring system for boiler and peripheral equipment.

The project was completed in 2011 under the leadership of the architectural and engineering firm Shive-Hattery, working with Global Energy Solutions Inc. (representing Hurst Boiler) and Ferman Milster, associate director of utilities and energy management, University of Iowa. Shive-Hattery was recognized for the project by the American Council of Engineering Companies as the 2013 winner of the Grand Place Award in the Energy Production category.