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City of Helsinki Summary The City of Helsinki and Helen Ltd are seeking to revolutionise the way that buildings regulate their consumption of district heating. The two-year pilot project involves developing solutions aiming at demand response in heating to enable property owners to reduce their heating costs and take part in the climate effort. In the pilot project launching this autumn, Helen and the City of Helsinki will experiment with heating optimisation by means of AI technology at schools and sports fields. The objective is to achieve a technological revolution that can be scaled up to cover the entire property stock of the City. The heating ...
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Process and Control Today Summary A major European waste to energy incinerator plant has successfully modernized its aging network of circuit breakers with just minutes of downtime thanks to an innovative solution from ABB. The Nordværk energy plant in Aalborg, Denmark, which provides renewable energy for thousands of households in Northern Jutland, took advantage of ABB’s Direct Replacement (DR) solution to remove and replace only the mobile parts of its legacy Emax circuit breakers. The solution was implemented across the installed base at Nordværk’s 42 MW district heating plant in Aalborg East where the breakers had been in place since it was built ...
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Railway Supply Summary At the Ukraine Recovery Conference held in Berlin, an agreement was signed to allocate 517 million euros to Ukraine through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ( EBRD ), Lutsk will receive up to 15 million euros for the modernization of the city’s district heating system, marking the first project in this area financed by the EBRD during the war. The project will include the use of heat pumps, which is a novelty for Ukraine. Overall, the EBRD’s municipal projects portfolio in Ukraine consists of 44 projects with total financing of 955 million euros. These projects cover district heating, water supply and ...
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MRW Summary Gren Energy has acquired a 50% interest in South Clyde Energy Centre, an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Glasgow. The facility, which is under construction, will process up to 350,000 tonnes of residual waste a year and generate electricity to power up to 70,000 homes. It will also provide district heating. Mike Reynolds, CEO of Gren Energy said: “Gren is growing its business in a way which is strongly aligned with Scotland’s ambition to be a prosperous low carbon economy, with affordable and sustainable energy. “We are very supportive of Glasgow council’s proposals to develop a district heating network in this ...
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The Korea Economic Daily Summary SK Energy Co., a unit of South Korean oil refiner and battery maker SK Innovation Co. , has commenced the operation of a gas combined heat power (CHP) system, which is expected to help the company reduce 48,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. With the installation of the gas CHP system in an individual facility or building as district energy and microgrid resources, Ulsan CLX will be able to secure stable power and generate 75.6 gigawatt hours (GWh) worth of electricity every year. Continue Reading #News #DistrictEnergy #CHP
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University of British Columbia Summary B.C.’s hydrogen infrastructure enters a new era with today’s launch of the $23-million Smart Hydrogen Energy District (SHED) at UBC. Equipped with a hydrogen fueling station, this facility is expected to pave the way for breakthroughs in critical energy research. SHED will produce hydrogen using solar and hydro power to operate a water electrolyser, making the process completely green and renewable. It is one of the first initiatives in Canada to combine hydro, solar and hydrogen energy at a single site, connecting these renewable energy sources to a unified micro-grid. SHED will be the province’s first hydrogen ...
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Construction Enquirer Summary Berkeley Homes has got the go-ahead to build over 600 homes at a former gas works site in Bath next to the River Avon. The scheme is targetting net zero carbon and will use a water-source heat-pump district heating system. Continue Reading #News #DistrictHeating
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RTL Today Summary On the 12th annual Climate Action Day, an interim assessment was presented to evaluate where Luxembourg's municipalities stand in their efforts to becoming more climate friendly. The aim is to move closer to climate neutrality by 2030, protect the environment and maintain biodiversity. An important aspect of this effort will be increasing the awareness of citizens, but also moving away from gas when heating homes. District heating networks are to be expanded in the future, both in newly built neighbourhoods as well as in homes that are already occupied. Continue Reading #News #DistrictHeating
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esprom Summary Valmet has secured a contract to provide a 50 MW pellet-fired heating plant to Göteborg Energi AB, which will be located at Mölndal Energi’s Riskulla site in Mölndal, Sweden. The plant, set to start operations in late 2026, will enhance the renewable energy capacity in the region​​. The new plant, integrated into the existing district heating system, will be managed by Mölndal Energi. It aims to increase renewable district heating in the southern part of Göteborg Energi’s network and optimize heat production in Mölndal and Gothenburg. Per-Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Göteborg Energi, highlighted the benefits: "This investment will make ...
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energy news Summary Finland is set to revolutionize its energy sector with the installation of its first small modular reactor (SMR) dedicated to district heating. Steady Energy, an innovative spin-off from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, has announced that construction will start in 2025. The project, estimated at between 15 and 20 million euros, could see the light of day in Helsinki or in other cities such as Kuopio and Lahti. In Finland, more than half the energy used for heating comes from district heating, mainly fuelled by fossil fuels, peat and biomass. SMRs represent a promising solution for reducing CO2 emissions and dependence on fossil ...
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DCD Summary The developers behind a massive 600MW data center campus being planned for east London, UK, say it could house a hydrogen fuel cell energy generation plant. Reef Group is planning to build the campus on a 175-acre Green Belt site on Dunnings Lane and Fen Road in the London borough of Havering. First proposed in 2022, it would comprise 12 buildings and cost £5.3 billion ($5.97bn) to build. The scheme could see over 1,200 jobs created in Havering. Backup power generators at the data center campus will run on hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO), rather than diesel, the document says. The company had previously disclosed that it plans to ...
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Yahoo! News Summary With federal grant help, heat from river effluent — the treated water that cycles through the Metropolitan Council’s wastewater treatment plant by Pig’s Eye Lake — can be captured and rerouted into the downtown district energy system, which heats and cools a majority of St. Paul’s downtown buildings. “If we could get off of fossil fuels, you’re essentially decarbonizing a lot of downtown,” Stark said. “We’ll continue to pursue it even if we don’t get (the federal grant). It will just be on a slower track.” Also on the horizon are geothermal heating and cooling projects at the future North End Community Center, the Como Park Zoo and ...
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Zawya Summary Tabreed, a leading district cooling company, said in a report that its operations reduced overall energy consumption by 2.52 billion kWh – equivalent to powering more than 143,000 homes – which, in turn, prevented 1.5 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions, which equates to removing 330,000 vehicles from the road. Citing its fourth annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report for 2023, published on June 6, Emirates News Agency , WAM , said that Tabreed had an overwhelmingly positive environmental impact during 2023, with renewable energy becoming a permanent fixture in the company’s operations. In partnership with Adnoc, ...
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Energy Global Summary Exploratory geothermal drilling and testing on the grounds of Stormont Estate has begun as part of the Department for the Economy’s £3 million GeoEnergy NI project. Economy Minister, Conor Murphy, Finance Minister, Dr Caoimhe Archibald, and the US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland for Economic Affairs, Joe Kennedy III, were among the first to visit the first borehole drill site today. It is hoped the project will result in a future geothermal heat network that will replace the current fossil fuel heating systems at some of the buildings on the Estate. Ultimately this will help meet the Northern Ireland Executive’s carbon reduction ...
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DCD Summary The University of Oldenburg in Germany is reusing the waste heat from its data center for its faculty buildings and university swimming pool. The move is part of a project dubbed WärmewendeNordwest (Heat Transition Northwest), which is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Beyond the currently installed systems, the university will also modernize its ventilation system to include heat recovery, and will place an absorption chiller at the heat and power plant of its Wechloy campus. Data center operator Equinix has recently announced that it is launching a district heating program and looking for partners ...
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Clean Technica Summary Thermal energy storage has begun to emerge as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries, and it is going to be put to the test in the northeast US. The Israeli startup Brenmiller has just hammered out an agreement with the New York firm Rock Energy Storage, aimed at deploying its “bGen” thermal battery to push natural gas out of the industrial energy market across Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New York. Brenmiller’s first deployment of bGen in the US is located at a co-generation station at the State University of New York (SUNY) campus in the hamlet of Purchase, New York. In addition ...
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Boston Globe Summary After years of planning and months of drilling boreholes hundreds of feet below the earth, a first-in-the-nation, neighborhood-scale geothermal heating and cooling project came online in Framingham on Tuesday. Using geothermal energy — relying on the steady temperature below ground to heat and cool buildings — is nothing new. What’s new in Framingham is the fact that climate advocates and a utility company, Eversource, devised the plan together. Rather than build individual systems, the Framingham project ties together 31 residential and five commercial buildings that now share the underground infrastructure needed to heat and ...
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Fast Company Summary When thousands of athletes move into the Olympic Village on the outskirts of Paris next month, they’ll be staying in buildings that were ultimately designed for another use: to become part of a sustainable new neighborhood. It’s the opposite of what has happened in previous Olympics, when cities have tried to figure out what to do with relics of the Games as an afterthought. The buildings are designed to be as sustainable as possible, with construction that produces 50% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than standard construction. The section led by UAPS, called Quinconce, uses wood rather than steel in smaller buildings, and low-carbon ...
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Scottish Construction Now Summary Glasgow-based developer CCG Homes has unveiled ‘West Shore’ – hailing it as Edinburgh’s first private housing development designed to achieve (regulated) ‘operational net zero carbon’. In order to achieve net zero emissions from such services, West Shore will be powered by an innovative, zero-direct emissions heating system which is a “clean” or “non-polluting” system. The heating system in place at West Shore is one of the largest and most advanced of its kind in the UK. Rather than having a gas boiler in each property, all space heating and hot water requirements will be served by ten industrial-scale air-source heat ...
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Data Centre News Summary new data centre project in the heart of Oslo is setting the standard for sustainability in the sector. Named Skygard, this facility promises to marry high security and low environmental impact, creating a green urban space whilst addressing national security and data safety. Skygard, a Norwegian company, is leveraging the extensive expertise of international engineering consultancy COWI to establish a highly secure, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly data centre. This initiative aims to bolster Norway’s position in artificial intelligence (AI) while also setting a benchmark for energy efficiency in the data centre industry. ...
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