District Heating

District Heating System: Higher Individual Comfort And Energy Efficiency.

Thermal energy delivered to a building from an outside source is known as district heating (and cooling), which can range in size from small systems serving two or three buildings to networks serving entire cities. The basic principles behind district energy are remarkably simple. At one end of the network is an energy source (often a multi-fuel CHP plant). Heat is then distributed via a network of insulated pipes to residential, commercial and industrial buildings across the city.


District heating has many benefits. Firstly, better energy efficiency. There is less pollution for the same service rendered. For example, a single heating installation for fifteen, three hundred or five thousand households ultimately consumes less resources and costs less than fifteen, three hundred or five thousand individual installations. That gives the same average output (86% to 87%) in both cases.

Secondly, degree of personal ease. Heat is delivered to consumers’ homes just like water, electricity, telephone and pizzas! Just pay for what is consumed individually. Worries over servicing or repairs are eliminated.

Lastly, beneficial to the regional power grid. The district heating system can operate in conjunction with heat sources that cannot be used individually, for example, thermal sources or basement volcanic heat. The system can also recover the heat generated by industry, which would otherwise be lost.


With so much potential, URBAN RENEWABLES identifies this system as one of the perfect solutions for us to work on increasing the ability to accommodate renewable energies in the district heating networks for urbanized areas.


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