District Cooling – recycle surplus energy that otherwise would be wasted

July 21, 2016

District cooling - recycle surplus energy that otherwise would be wasted

See how a system can be a sustainable substantial solution for communities seeking to promote economic growth while minimizing the environmental consequences.

Access to energy has been a prerequisite for generations and vital to the functioning of our societies. However, increasing urbanization has naturally led to a rapidly increased global energy consumption. This is a serious challenge to the supply security of sufficient amounts of energy at reasonable prices as well as for the local environment – particularly in large city areas – and not least for the global climate. There is therefore an urgent need for solutions that make it possible to combine sound economic growth with little environmental impact and effectively and easily provide heating and cooling for future generations.

Many people, governments and organizations around the world acknowledge the need for a more rational use of energy as today more than half of the energy we use for conventional heating and cooling is wasted. The focus is very much on the development of new technologies to improve efficiency in buildings, transportation and industry; also, the exploitation of sustainable and renewable energy sources such as geothermal, solar, wind power and bio energy.

District heating and cooling can offer a sustainable substantial solution to a number of the challenges that modern societies are facing these years. The fundamental idea of district energy is simple: reusing/recycling surplus energy that otherwise would be wasted.  Allowing cities to utilize potential renewable energies and surplus heat, substitutes fossil fuels. District energy systems are therefore essential for reducing CO2 emissions and increasing energy efficiency in our cities, communities and campuses.

The environmental, economic and social benefits of harvesting surplus heat and using local renewable energy sources make district heating and district cooling the sensible choice for communities seeking to promote economic growth while minimizing the environmental consequences. As more and more societies are searching for renewable energy sources to utilize, challenges like fluctuations in the electric grid occur, as power is sometimes produced at times when there is no or little need for it. Here, district energy systems can “level” these fluctuations by providing energy storage possibilities. This is just one example of the numerous advantages that district energy systems offer. Grundfos District cooling systems o­ffer great potential for a more rational use of energy and a much greater use of high  efficiency equipment.

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