As urbanization grows, populations increase, climate change pushes forward and existing systems age, it more important than ever that our essential infrastructure is as resilient as possible to handle whatever the future holds.
District energy systems, which involve the central provision of heating, cooling or co-generation, are inherently more environmentally friendly than large-scale energy grids, making them vital to our efforts to mitigate climate change.
Through a “technology-agnostic” approach, all of Creative Energy’s projects tailor green solutions to the local environment, finding the best fit for cities, consumers and sustainability initiatives.
How District Energy Works
District energy eliminates the need for each building to have individual boilers, chillers, and cooling towers, making them well-suited for high-density urban centres, industrial complexes, civic hubs, hospitals and university campuses.
Alternative energy sources can include:
Making District Energy Work for You
District energy systems are designed to provide low-cost, low-carbon, and reliable heating and/or cooling while removing the need for less efficient in-house boilers, chillers, and cooling towers, and their associated operations and maintenance requirements.
By centralizing the thermal energy generation, considerable capital cost savings and space savings are recognized within the connected buildings, allowing developers, owners, and users to maximize the value of their real estate.
District energy systems offer:
District energy systems remove the need for individual boilers, saving capital, operating and maintenance costs.
Removing the need for on-site equipment such as boilers, chillers or cooling towers, a central plant is easier to update to incorporate advances in technology, with any maintenance cost pooled across a larger group.
A central plant is better positioned to take advantage of alternative fuels such as biomass, waste materials, solar energy, geothermal, surplus industry heat, or household water from sinks, showers and baths.
District energy systems are extremely reliable. At Creative Energy, we have a reliability track record of over 99.99% for 50 years.
A central district energy plant has the flexibility to use different fuels such as wood and sewage waste, and the ability to switch to whichever fuel is most economical or available at any given time.
Our central boiler in Vancouver saves residents an average of $45/ kilowatt hour (compared with electric heat distribution in 2017). In addition, district energy systems become more and more cost effective as more and more people join the network.
District energy systems are can integrate various renewable fuel sources, and are more efficient, robust and flexible over the long-term.
With individual boilers a fault could go unnoticed for weeks or months, but Creative Energy helps flag problems when they occur so they can be fixed immediately.