Monthly Archives: January 2014

IDEA to host hundreds of clean energy campus leaders at its February 18-21 Conference in Atlanta

For many in the energy industry, the term “microgrid” is the next, new thing. For members of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), it’s a new term for a familiar approach the organization has fostered for over 105 years: district … Continue reading

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RECORDING AVAILABLE–Webinar: CHP’s role in public & private real estate development

FREE Webinar: Improving Building Performance—The role of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) in Public and Private Real Estate Development When: Thursday, February 6, 2014, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST Host: EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership All materials from … Continue reading

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Seattle turns to tech’s wasted heat as a neighborhood district heating source

Large data centers consume large amounts of electricity and produce prodigious amounts of heat as a result. Sophisticated cooling systems maintain acceptable operating temperatures for the equipment in these facilities typically by exhausting the heat to the environment. But now, … Continue reading

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Copenhagen: “By 2025 we will be CO2 free”

Reiner Gatermann reports in European Energy Review on the progress being made by the city of Copenhagen toward becoming CO2 neutral. Not only among politicians and in the business community, but also among the 560,000 inhabitants of the Danish capital, … Continue reading

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An independent engineering evaluation of waste-to-energy technologies

Thomas Stringfellow and Robert Witherell, of CH2M HILL Engineers, Inc., provide an overview of the development of waste to energy technology from its earliest applications in the incineration of waste to being classified as an “essentially inexhaustible,” renewable energy source … Continue reading

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Saudi district cooling market positioned for strong growth

Ashish Saraf reports in Utilities-ME.com that the UAE, which has been the fastest growing market for the Middle East’s district cooling (DC) industry, is about to give away its position to Saudi Arabia, where a variety of real estate projects … Continue reading

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Announcing the IDEA Annual Innovation Award Competition for 2014

IDEA is pleased to announce the 2014 IDEA Annual Innovation Award program, intended to showcase examples of technology, engineering and operational innovation within the district energy industry. The IDEA Annual Innovation Award provides a platform for IDEA members to share … Continue reading

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Tabreed’s district cooling system energy savings in 2013 surpass 1 billion kWh

Utilities Middle East reports that Abu Dhabi-based district cooling utility company Tabreed announced that its annual energy savings in 2013 reached 1.2 billion kWh. This reduction in energy consumption translates into the elimination of approximately 570,000 tons of carbon dioxide … Continue reading

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City of Surrey Wins Climate & Energy Action Award for new geoexchange district energy system

Using District Energy at Surrey’s New City Hall The New City Hall in the City of Surrey, B.C., Canada will incorporate a district energy (DE) system, based on an underground geo-exchange field, which uses heat pumps to extract the thermal … Continue reading

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Guelph begins building city-wide district energy network

The new high-efficiency heating and cooling system in the Sleeman Centre in downtown Guelph, Ontario, Canada is an important first step toward building Guelph’s first city-wide district energy network. While district energy technology dates back to ancient Rome, and there … Continue reading

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