Supporting the green energy transition at colleges

Date: 01/08/2016

Colleges across North America are looking to convert their steam systems to hot water district energy. Advantages include an optimised and flexible system, energy savings, a higher degree of efficiency and better possibilities of integrating renewable energy combined with a reduced risk of leakages.

When it comes to district energy the US relies primarily on steam heating, which can be costly to operate and maintain, as well as being a potential safety hazard. Looking for an alternative, the Ivy League University, Dartmouth asked Ramboll to conduct a renewable energy study for the school. This highlighted the benefits of switching the existing steam system to modern hot water and Ramboll is currently working on the details around the concept in preparation for the design and pre-construction phase of work.

Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, is one of the province’s leading post-secondary institutions. Founded in 1967, Sheridan currently educates more than 50,000 students on four campuses in three Greater Toronto Area cities – Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga.

To assist Sheridan College in achieving its energy and climate plan goals, Ramboll is working with the institution, carrying out the engineering design and pre-construction phases of the heating and cooling networks for both Davis and Trafalgar campuses, the central plant at Trafalgar and the tie-ins to new and existing building systems at both campuses. Ramboll is also the owner’s engineer during the construction of the pre-insulated piped network.

Ramboll is currently working to lower greenhouse gas emissions through conversions with three North American institutions – Dartmouth College in Hannover, New Hampshire, US; Sheridan College, Ontario, Canada; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Massachusetts, US.