Home News North American campuses are transitioning from steam to hot water district energy systems.

North American campuses are transitioning from steam to hot water district energy systems.

by Linda Bertelsen

On February 20-23, worldwide industry leaders and sustainability professionals met at IDEA’s 37th CampusEnergy2024 Conference & Trade Show in San Francisco.

At CampusEnergy2024 over 1,200 participants engaged in discussions on achieving zero-emission heating on campuses. One crucial step toward this goal is converting existing steam-based District Energy (DE) systems to hot water DE systems operating at lower temperatures. Numerous discussions and presentations at CampusEnergy2024 in San Francisco focused on this transition, emphasizing that lower DE temperatures are synergistic with improvements in building envelopes.

Solutions for Lowering Temperatures in DE Systems

Lower-temperature DE systems facilitate the efficient utilization of heat sources that operate at lower temperatures, often in conjunction with heat pumps. A Danish consortium, organized by DBDH and the Trade Council of Denmark in North America, showcased several solutions for reducing temperatures in DE systems.

Trade Council - Logo-usage-cofinanced