Blogs

Be the first person to recommend this.
Echo.ie Summary Amazon Web Services (AWS) has designed its data centre off the Belgard Road with renewable energy in mind and the scheme will see excess heat generated by servers farmed and redistributed to provide low-cost hot water and heating to buildings throughout Tallaght. The use of a datacentre to supply a public district-heating scheme linking waste-heat to heat-pump technology will be the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland.   A report on the HEATNET Tallaght District Project this week says the scheme will connect the council headquarters and Technical University of Dublin Tallaght (formerly IT Tallaght) to the large Amazon datacentre. ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Data Centre Dynamics Summary I am guilty. Let’s get that right out of the way. I am guilty of allowing too many of my clients not to implement waste heat recovery in data center cooling system designs. The reasons throughout the years have been somewhat understandable; the business case has not been viable enough, there have been security issues, worries about mission critical cooling stability, inconvenient refrigerants, lack of investment funding, reluctant district heating utilities, lack of government strategic support… Those reasons are, as we say here in Finland “Snow of the winters past”. We Finns do like our snow very much and it’s starting to ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
World Economic Forum Summary By 2030, almost a third of all the energy consumed in the European Union must come from renewable sources,   according to binding targets agreed in 2018 . Sweden is helping lead the way. As well as targeting   100% renewable electricity production   by 2040, the country is   transforming homes into highly efficient ‘prosumers’   - buildings which both produce and consume the vast majority of their own energy. Meanwhile local ‘district heating’ plants are using excess heat to produce   over 75% of the warmth that Swedish households need . The country also manages to combine the world’s highest carbon taxes ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
BBC Summary London, like the rest of the UK, is committed to becoming   net-zero carbon by 2050 . That means greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions would be dramatically slashed and any remaining emissions offset, neutralising environmental impact and slowing climate change. But how does a city choked with traffic and packed full of carbon-emitting processes and structures – from fossil fuel-generated energy to steel skyscrapers – reach such a goal? And exactly how different would the urban environment look if it were net-zero? If London’s population continues to rapidly grow – by 2050 it may be home to   more than 11 million people   – and the climate crisis ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
PBC Today Summary The 25-year contract will see   ENGIE manage   the operation and maintenance for the energy centre and pipe distribution network and also the provision of full customer metering and billing services. ENGIE has a capacity of over 2.5 MW of heat and 1.5 MW of cooling and incorporates gas-fired combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) or tri-generation technology; providing efficient, cost-effective energy and enabling   affordable heating   and cooling to all businesses and homes on the landmark development. Incorporating district energy into the overall development has allowed it to align with the   London Plan   encouraging   ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Trade Arabia Summary Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has announced the commissioning of its new advanced district cooling plant at Mirdif in Dubai aimed at providing better services to the residents of Ghoroob community with the efficient and environmentally friendly district cooling energy.    Developed by Dubai Properties in 2007 on a ​​3.3 million sq ft area, Ghoroob stands among the most sought-after residential destinations in the Mirdif district. It embraces 59 low-rise buildings (5 floors) featuring 3,000 various housing units.   The new plant, which is more advanced and economically designed in line with the global ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Mercom India Summary The United States-based global investment firm,   Blackstone , has announced a $250 million fund for distributed and sustainable energy infrastructure assets to ride on the renewable energy wave that’s sweeping energy markets globally. “The market for on-site renewable projects is multiplying as energy consumers are faced with rising energy costs, service outages caused by extreme weather and natural disasters,” the firm said in the statement. Blackstone manages assets worth $571 billion and has floated a new portfolio company, ClearGen LLC, through funds managed by GSO Capital Partners LP, to undertake the investments. ClearGen ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Penn State Summary The Penn State Board of Trustees Committee of Finance, Business and Capital Planning voted today (Sept. 17) to recommend a plan to expand the West Campus Chiller Plant at the University Park campus. The proposal goes to the full board for its consideration on Sept. 18. As the University centralizes its cooling system, new and existing buildings are being added to the chilled water system. To support this, the $9.5 million expansion will add a new 3,000-ton chiller, four new cooling towers, a new chilled water pump, a new condenser water pump and new supporting equipment to meet the campus cooling demands. University officials said ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Energy Live News Summary The US Government has announced the re-establishment of the Arctic Energy Office (AEO) located on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The AEO will drive co-ordination and collaboration on the   Department of Energy’s   (DOE) activities in the Arctic region, including international co-operation on   Arctic   issues, research on methane hydrates and development of advanced microgrids and nuclear power systems. It will focus on energy, science and national security, bringing together DOE’s wide range of assets and stakeholders to serve communities and US interests in the region. This includes work by the Office ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
University of Massachusetts Amherst Summary Five researchers from campus have been selected to receive a one-year, $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s “ 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments ” series to conduct a series of national workshops to identify research challenges associated with transitioning to an equitable and sustainable energy system. The grant is the second this year from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to researchers at UMass for a similar purpose, says project leader and chemistry professor Dhandaipani “DV” Venkataram, evidence of a growing worldwide interest in developing sustainable energy systems that consider ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Washington Business Journal Summary Congress and the Supreme Court are   saving an estimated $3.5 million a year in heating and cooling costs . The National Institutes of Health report its 300-acre Bethesda campus, which includes a 240-bed research hospital, clinical research laboratories and a data center, are saving approximately $12 million a year and cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions equivalent to that produced by 10,000 vehicles. The common denominator is combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration. CHP   is an energy-efficient technology used in more than 4,400 facilities across the country, according to the U.S. Department ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Clean Technica Summary As a source of renewable energy,  geothermal  has one advantage over wind turbines and solar power plants. It is operates continuously all day, every day. That means the electricity it provides is dispatchable whenever it is needed regardless of how windy or sunny it is. Deep Earth Energy Production (DEEP) is a Canadian company that wants to use the hot water located beneath the Deadwood Formation in Saskatchewan to produce geothermal energy. The temperature of the brine sequestered beneath the surface averages 122º C. Engineering reports indicate the Deadwood Formation aquifer is capable of supporting multiple geothermal generating ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Albawaba Summary Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, announced that it has connected the world’s tallest observation wheel, ‘Ain Dubai’ to its district cooling network. ‘Ain Dubai’ stands at the Bluewaters Island on the coastline of Dubai.  Though the island has already opened its doors to tourists and residents, the whole world awaits the launch of ’Ain Dubai’, the massive Ferris wheel. Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower said: “All operations for providing the project with district cooling services have been successfully completed; and the wheel building was efficiently and professionally ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Metropolis DE Utility Partner RFEOI (Burnaby, BC, Canada) Ivanhoe Cambridge invites qualified parties to respond to a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) for a District Energy Utility Partner for their Metropolis at Metrotown development in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.   Metropolis at Metrotown is a 20 ha (47 acre) master planned development being developed by Ivanhoe Cambridge in the heart of one of the fastest growing neighbourhoods in Canada. Through multiple phases and over several decades Metropolis will see more than 1.2 million m2 (13 million square feet) of new residential and commercial development. The area surrounding the ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
World Economic Forum Summary By 2030, almost a third of all the energy consumed in the European Union must come from renewable sources, according to binding targets agreed in 2018 . Sweden is helping lead the way. As well as targeting   100% renewable electricity production   by 2040, the country is   transforming homes into highly efficient ‘prosumers’   - buildings which both produce and consume the vast majority of their own energy. Meanwhile local ‘district heating’ plants are using excess heat to produce   over 75% of the warmth that Swedish households need . The country also manages to combine the world’s highest carbon taxes with   ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Twenty-five parties today urged California regulators to finalize microgrid tariffs by January, underscoring the need to incentivize the technology in a state now characterized by wildfires, blackouts and safety power shutoffs. In a filing submitted by the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC), the stakeholders asked the public utilities commission to finalize and implement a microgrid tariff for single-customer microgrids by January and develop a tariff for multi-customer microgrids in the first half of 2021.  (Rulemaking 19-09-009) Microgrid advocates are pushing for tariffs that compensate microgrids for ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. Intermediate Mechanical Project Engineer Full time position Burnaby, BC, Canada Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. is seeking an experienced intermediate mechanical project engineer with consulting engineering experience related to central heating and cooling district energy plant design, to work in our Burnaby office. Typical project work would include: planning and feasibility studies and development of business cases; assessments of existing facilities for expansion and/or retrofit; integration of building heating and cooling systems with utility-scale district energy systems; planning and design of ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
Ownership Opportunity of District Energy Windsor The Windsor Utilities Commission (“ WUC ”) owns an integrated water supply system that provides potable water to the City of Windsor and the Towns of LaSalle and Tecumseh.  WUC owns and operates a district energy system (“ District Energy Windsor ”) in the City of Windsor.  WUC currently has a Request for Proposals available for the following interested Proponents:   Ownership Opportunity of District Energy Windsor (RFP No. 2020-021)   Details and instructions on how to proceed with this opportunity are found at https://www.biddingo.com/enwin . Bid Closing Date: 11/02/2020 4:00 PM ET ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
The Columbus Dispatch Summary A combined heat and power plant at Ohio State University can move forward, following approval by the Ohio Power Siting Board this week. The board approved   the facility, which the university has said will be the primary source of electricity and heating for its Columbus campus,   Thursday afternoon. The facility is part of a $278 million project that also will include district heating and cooling loop infrastructure and a new pedestrian bridge across the Olentangy River, according to Ohio State. Ohio State has said the facility is the “cornerstone” of its energy plan and private energy partnership, and is needed to ...
0 comments
Be the first person to recommend this.
On Sept 17, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order 2222 , a landmark rule that levels the playing field for participation of microgrids and aggregated distributed energy resources (DER’s) in all regional organized wholesale electricity markets, including Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO’s) and Independent System Operators (ISO’s).  This final rule, subject to a 90-day comment period once posted in the Federal Register, is an important step forward for microgrids in the evolving electricity marketplace.   https://www.ferc.gov/news-events/news/ferc-opens-wholesale-markets-distributed-resources-landmark-action-breaks-down ...
0 comments