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Lulu Island Energy/City of Richmond wins 2020 IDEA Innovation of the Year

By District Energy posted 11-05-2020 14:15


IDEA is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s IDEA Innovation Award.

The IDEA Innovation Award is intended to bring visibility to the great work and forward progress of IDEA members, highlighting collaboration between operating district energy systems and our business partners and technology providers. 

As is typical for this prestigious award, the selection process was a difficult one with so many outstanding submissions. The IDEA Innovation Award Committee, after thorough review and discussion, have selected the following winner.

Lulu Island Energy Company/City of Richmond
Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU)
Phase 4: SmartREIT District Energy System

Richmond, British Columbia, CANADA

“This years’ Innovation Award contest was one of the most diverse and crowded competitions in recent memory.” said Bob Smith of RMF Engineering and Innovation Award Committee Chair.  “There was quite a variety of technologies that all have notable merit. The Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU) Phase 4 SmartREIT District Energy System, employing air-source heat pumps, evaporative fluid coolers, condensing boilers, and geo-exchange fields to efficiently heat and cool a network of retail and commercial customers stood out above all of this year’s submissions.”

Read Lulu Island Energy's Submission

Rob Thornton, IDEA President and CEO agrees. “Since our founding in 1909, IDEA members have shared solutions, advanced industry best practices and encouraged peer exchange to expand deployment of efficient, reliable and sustainable district energy systems in cities, communities, campuses and other clusters. This year’s winner, Lulu Island Energy, certainly advances that tradition by sharing valuable insights on how community-scale district energy systems can leverage reliable, renewable thermal energy from the earth.”

With so many high-quality selections this year, IDEA also awarded Honorable Mention designation to the following universities.  

University of Cincinnati
East Utility Plant Smart Chiller Installation & Dispatch Methodology

Rutgers University
Water Reclamation System

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