Plans made for power needs of $730 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State


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EAST LANSING, Michigan — Plans are being made to provide power to a new national facility for nuclear science at Michigan State University when it goes online between 2020 and 2022.

The Lansing State Journal reports ( ) that the $730 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams is expected to use 14 megawatts, the same amount of electricity required to power about 14,000 average homes or 14 times that of the school's Breslin Center where the school's basketball teams play.

The East Lansing university is proposing spending $11.5 million to link the facility known as FRIB with the T.B. Simon Power Plant on campus. The work, which is being considered Friday by the Board of Trustees, will include modifications to the power plant.

FRIB is expected to need an initial seven megawatts of energy by early 2017 and the project is being built in phases. Board documents say that by doing the work now the university will save $1 million by not having to use a temporary power connection.

Work on the electrical connection for FRIB could start in January and be mostly complete about a year later. FRIB project manager Thomas Glasmacher says the work "will allow FRIB to better connect to the university power plant as we move forward."

Construction began earlier this year on the 227,000-square-foot building that will house the project. FRIB is funded by the university, the state and the Energy Department. Michigan State University won a national competition to host the project in 2008.


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