The city is working with two companies to explore the idea of a large-scale district energy system project.
Jamie Stephen with Ottawa-based TorchLight Bioresources outlined the concept of a district energy system during Monday’s Common Council meeting.
“District energy is essentially having a central source of heat or cooling, and distribution of that energy through hot or cold water pipes through multiple buildings,” Stephen said.
“So, in the form of district energy, instead of every building having its own furnace or boiler, there’s a central boiler that supplies multiple buildings that distribute that energy,” added Stephen.
TorchLight, in partnership with and Rathco ENG, plans to seek funding from Natural Resources Canada to conduct a feasibility study for a district energy system project using local renewables and industrial waste bioheat from Irving Pulp and Paper.
The study would concentrate on a warm water heat network design for the south-central peninsula, including the uptown.
The feasibility study will consist of five major components:
“Think of it in terms of instead of everybody having their own water, well, and septic system, we have centralized water and waste-water treatment.”