Ishai Oliker, Power Engineering
Many cities are prioritizing modern district energy as the integrated solution needed for sustainable heating and cooling of the inhabitants.
In Quito, Ecuador (at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, 2016) 197 nations adopted a New Urban Agenda that recognizes modern district energy as a key solution to achieving decarbonization. District energy systems can reduce primary energy consumption for heating and cooling of cities by up to 50 percent. Such systems create synergies between the production and supply of heat, cooling, domestic hot water and electricity and can be integrated with existing single purpose electric generating plants converted to combined heat and power (CHP) operation.