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Maryland Today Summary The University of Maryland will seek the state’s approval to replace the campus’ aging power, boiler and chiller plants and key portions of the thermal distribution system as part of a long-term plan to pursue sustainable, fossil fuel-free energy alternatives. A $390 million investment in campus infrastructure, the NextGen Energy Program stands to significantly improve energy service on campus and result in immediate environmental impact, including cutting carbon emissions by 23% and reducing water consumption by 50% a year. “A carbon-neutral campus is a significant step, but now it’s time to set our sights on reducing UMD's dependency ...
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Making investments in clean energy can deliver economic and environmental benefits to nonprofits and other tax-exempt entities as well as the communities they serve. For example, energy costs are the second-highest operational expense for many nonprofits. Installing clean energy upgrades, such as solar panels and battery storage systems, in facilities operated by nonprofits helps these organizations save money by lowering monthly utility bills and cutting waste in operations. This promotes sustainability and helps advance their core mission. Read the Fact Sheet #News #PolicyandRegulation
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pv magazine Summary Researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Research Institution for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Systems (IEG) investigated how solar thermal-assisted heat pumps or air sourced heat pumps powered by ground-mounted photovoltaics (PV-ASHP) may be combined with pit thermal energy storage systems (PTESs) in a district heating network (DHN) under different scenarios and found that PV-ASHP systems may offer more advantages in densely populated areas. Using open-source Python software, the group conducted a series of simulations on eastern Germany assuming different charging options for the PTESs. They also considered total system cost ...
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The Hill Summary A new form of zero-carbon, on-demand energy could help bring stability to the grid with support on both sides of the aisle — if the diverse coalition now backing it can hold together despite clashing over politics and climate action. Geothermal energy, which taps the heat of the Earth for industrial purposes or to generate electricity, represents a happy medium between Republicans’ energy security demands and Democrats’ climate goals. Geothermal energy appeals to climate advocates because it produces none of the planet-warming carbon emissions fossil fuels do. It’s also a natural means of transitioning to clean energy for the oil and ...
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MIT Technology Review Summary We need heat to make everything from steel bars to ketchup packets. Today, a whopping 20% of global energy demand goes to producing heat used in industry, and most of that heat is generated by burning fossil fuels. In an effort to clean up industry, a growing number of companies are working to supply that heat with a technology called thermal batteries. It’s such an exciting idea that MIT Technology Review readers have officially selected thermal batteries as the reader’s choice addition to our 2024 list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies. So here’s a closer look at what all the excitement is about. Storing ...
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ABC15 Arizona Summary The Phoenix Convention Center is a massive building at more than one million square feet in size, which obviously requires a lot of energy to keep the lights on, technology working, and air at a comfortable temperature. ABC15 took a tour of an underground sustainable energy plant that powers nearly four dozen downtown Phoenix buildings, including the convention center. The energy facility is expanding further as it works to keep up with demand. Continue Reading #MemberNewsIDEA #Cordia #DistrictEnergy #DistrictCooling
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Hamburg News Summary A unique nationwide heating project in the Borsigstrassee waste incineration plant (MVB) in east Hamburg has gone fully into regular operation. Climate-friendly district heating is now being generated from urban waste almost two years after drilling began on the site of the Tiefstack CHP plant. This comes after the Senate, Stadtreinigung Hamburg (SRH) and Hamburger Energiewerke (HEnW) approved commissioning. "Stadtreinigung Hamburg’s new, pioneering plant is a prime example of decarbonised district heating and of the co-operation between our public companies," said Jens Kerstan, Senator for the Environment, Climate, Energy ...
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Clean Technica Summary Finland is known for several things, like producing fast racing drivers, northern lights, saunas, and district heating . Some say its citizens are the happiest people on Earth, possibly because of their fondness for watching those northern lights while sitting naked in an outdoor sauna with friends as they imbibe potent libations. It is also known for being quite chilly at times, which means it has placed a heavy emphasis on keeping its built environment warm during the winter months — which is to say between August 15 and July 9th of the following year. Continue Reading #News #DistrictHeating
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Hungary Today Summary In Szeged, the gas-based heating system has been converted to geothermal in recent years. The largest geothermal system in the European Union, and the second largest in the continent (after Reykjavík), can now be found in Szeged, providing heating and hot water to more than 27,000 households, Euronews reports . The project was launched by the municipality on the basis of a proposal from the local district heating company, which retrofitted the old gas-based system. “The air in Szeged is bad enough in winter. Basically, the biggest carbon emitter in the city is the district heating system, which has been running on natural ...
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Cruise Industry News Summary Meyer Turku has taken a significant step towards sustainability by switching to carbon neutral electricity and heating, according to a press release. Meyer Turku has used only certified carbon neutral electricity since 2018 and has made all district heating carbon neutral starting from 2023. This move makes Meyer Turku a global pioneer among shipyards of its size. “This decision showcases our deep-rooted values and our forward-thinking approach and commitment to embracing cleaner energy solutions. We are committed to ongoing monitoring and reporting of sustainability metrics,” said Tapani Pulli, deputy CEO of Meyer Turku. ...
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Think GeoEnergy Summary Following a joint study by Wuppertaler Stadtwerke GmbH (WSW) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Energy (Fraunhofer IEG), data indicates there is geothermal potential in the north of Wuppertal, Germany. Thus, the municipal utility has now applied for approval of a seismic campaign to further explore and characterize this potential which can later be harnessed for geothermal heating. Continue Reading #News #GeothermalandGeo-Exchange #DistrictHeating
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Labels and Labeling Summary F olex, provider of films and specialty media, has set aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. Currently, some building heating systems rely on heating by oil or gas. These energy sources are being replaced by climate-neutral district heating or equivalent solutions. Continue Reading #News #DistrictHeating
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Good News Network Summary Heat stored underground in caverns can be set aside in Finland’s summer months to be re-used during frigid winters thanks to a state-of-the-art ‘seasonal energy’ storage facility. Slated for construction this summer near Helsinki, it will be the largest in the world by all standards and contain enough thermal energy to heat a medium-sized city all winter. Thermal exchange heating systems, like those built underground, or domestic heat pumps, are seen as the most effective way available of reducing the climate-impact of home heating and cooling. Their function relies on natural forces or energy recycling to cool down or heat ...
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The Swansea Herald Summary A DISTRICT heating network in Swansea using heat from a large data storage centre is set to be explored in detail. The data centre is one component of the £4 billion Blue Eden project, which proposes a battery manufacturing centre on land at Swansea docks, waterside homes, an oceanic and climate change research centre, and a Swansea Bay tidal lagoon. It is being driven by a company called DST Innovations. Data centres are facilities which house computing and networking equipment. They generate a lot of heat and consume a lot of electricity, partly to keep the equipment cool. District heating networks send waste heat from industrial ...
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Carbon Herald Summary Sweden is ramping up its efforts to achieve net zero emissions with the recent signing of new agreements on carbon capture. This week, the Swedish government took two positive steps towards reaching the country’s ambitious climate goals. The first step was signing a cooperation agreement on CO2 storage with neighboring countries, Norway and Denmark. This partnership will not only help Sweden in its decarbonization efforts but also foster collaboration among the Nordic countries in combating climate change. According to the agreement, Sweden will have the opportunity to store Swedish-captured carbon dioxide in nearby countries on ...
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Empower Summary His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation PJSC (Empower) , honored His Excellency Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Empower , in recognition of his outstanding contributions spanning over 20 years in steering the company since its inception. This accolade celebrates his pioneering role in advancing the district cooling industry both regionally and globally, as well as his proficient team leadership that has propelled Empower to its esteemed position as a global leader in the district cooling sector. The ceremony took place during Empower’s annual general assembly. The Chairman also praised ...
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The Globe & Mail Summary Perma-Pipe International Holdings, Inc. is pleased to announce today that its subsidiary Perma-Pipe Egypt has recently been awarded approximately $5.0 million in contracts for the provision of thermally insulated pipes, field joints, and leak detection systems for district cooling networks by Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) Group S.A.L. and Gascool Company in Old City Al Alamein and the Embassies District of the New Administrative Capital of Egypt. The project will utilize Perma-Pipe’s XTRU-THERM® insulation system, a spray-applied polyurethane foam jacketed with a high-density polyethylene casing. Perma-Pipe will also ...
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Mid-Michigan Now Summary MI Clean Water has given multiple Michigan communities money to upgrade water infrastructure, ensure healthy drinking water, and protect Michigan's environment. Michigan communities have recently been awarded $91.4 million in state grants. In addition, Genesee County Drain Commissioner Division of Water & Waste Services has received $10,000,000 to construct three Combined Heat and Power generators to produce electricity and heat that can be used at the Anthony Ragnone Wastewater Treatment Plant in Montrose. Continue Reading #News #CHP
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Biomass Magazine Summary The U.S. Department of Energy has opened a funding opportunity making up to $25 million available to support clean energy technology deployment on Tribal lands. Certain projects fueled by biomass, biogas, renewable natural gas (RNG) or renewable hydrogen are among those eligible for the funding. The funding opportunity announcement (FOA), announced on Feb. 27, aims to strengthen Tribal energy sovereignty through local clean energy generation, while increasing energy access, reliability and security. For the purposes of the FOA, clean energy generating systems include renewable energy systems or combined-heat-and-power (CHP) ...
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PRLog Summary Nationwide Boiler Inc. recently announced the appointment of Lisa DeCastro to Vice President of Finance. With an extensive background and more than 30 years' experience, Lisa has worked for both large and start-up, high-tech and medical/biotech companies, and she has proven herself as a dynamic and strategic leader in the field of Finance. During her tenure at Intel, Lisa distinguished herself through her exceptional proficiency in financial analysis, meticulous auditing practices, and forward-thinking strategic planning. Lisa previously worked at Nationwide Boiler as the company's Director of FP&A. "We are delighted to welcome Lisa ...
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