Canadian communities tapping into District Energy projects
More than half of district energy facilities inventoried in Canada in 2014 had been commissioned since 2000, and more than half of them planned expansions in the near future.
This interesting article is about the Canadian District Energy industry. Alfa Laval’s heat exchanger equipment are central to District Energy systems to connect buildings to the central system and recover waste heat in other situations that is otherwise discarded
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“…More than half of district energy facilities inventoried in Canada in 2014 had been commissioned since 2000, and more than half of them planned expansions in the near future.
They range from a project in Vancouver that recovers heat from sewer water to provide heat and hot water to more than 30 condo buildings to one that cools Toronto office towers in summer with water from the depths of Lake Ontario. And even smaller communities are jumping on board, including the village of Teslin, Yukon, which has installed a biomass system, and the rural municipality of Ritchot, Man., which has a district geothermal system.
Many new projects are underway such as
- A Halifax system that will use seawater for heating and cooling.
- A biomass heating system in Yellowknife.
- A subdivision that will use geothermal heating in Edmonton.
Why? A major factor is climate change and climate change resilience.
In Canada, buildings are the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, after oil and gas and transportation, Environment and Climate Change Canada reports. And nearly two-thirds of energy use in buildings is for heating and cooling....”
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