Canada: District heating with biomass, waste heat, geothermal and more

Date: 5 March 2013

Blog by David Dodge: “District heating isn´t a terribly popular idea in North America. Canada is still a tiny player in district energy and most of the district heating systems in Canada are either university campuses or hospitals.
 
The new hot water style district heating system at UBC can integrate renewable energy systems like biomass, geoexchange, solar thermal and waste heat into this natural gas system all because the barrier for entry is lower. The bouncer at the old steam heating system was pretty strict – you had to be 190 C to get in. Now you only have to get the temperature up to 80 C. It turns out you can save lots of money, and carbon emissions, by replacing those creaky old turn of the century steam pipes.”

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