Thermal energy transport options
There are many forms of energy, and various ways to transport it. In most cases thermal energy transport is best done with water, as steam is dangerous and very aggressive on connections and air-ducts take up a lot of valuable space. The use of ‘low temperature’ solutions need a range of other steps for the local generation of domestic hot water and fresh air ventilation. Exchange thermal energy instead of dumping that and comprehensively mapping supply and demand.
Some of the many benefits of a District Energy approach include:
- Reduced use of gas and electricity
- Much lower greenhouse gas emissions
- Decreased dependence on fossil fuels
- Resilient consumers protected from fossil fuel price shocks
- Reduced pressure on the Electricity Distribution Grid to meet peak demand
- The end to ‘sick building’ syndrome with healthy and efficient hydronic heating
- Reduced dumping of heat into the environment by industry and heat island effect
- A more resilient industrial sector through economic and technological investment
- Greater connections between local industry and community.
District Heating and Cooling has the most potential in Australia for new developments or high-density areas. As energy costs rise and fossil fuels become less favourable, this approach will become more and more viable and necessary.
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