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District systems in NY cities

hot_rod
hot_rod Member Posts: 21,853
more attention to district systems, geo powered perhaps.

This would be an ideal time to do all them infrastructure upgrades when roads are cut open, upgrade the power grid, for example.


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Comments

  • Hot_water_fan
    Hot_water_fan Member Posts: 1,796
    @hot_rod Love this idea! The efficiencies from simultaneous heating and cooling plus the easy integration of ice storage and cheap low temperature solar thermal are compelling. The hard part is paying for 2x the distribution systems vs. electricity.
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,916
    Funny thing about it is that at one time there were more, more widespread, district heating systems. Various problems led to them being abandoned or discontinued.

    There were widespread light rail mass transit lines, too, in many towns never mind cities. And heavy rail passenger services were widespread...

    "When will they ever learn?" (apologies to Pete Seeger there...)
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
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  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 21,853

    @hot_rod Love this idea! The efficiencies from simultaneous heating and cooling plus the easy integration of ice storage and cheap low temperature solar thermal are compelling. The hard part is paying for 2x the distribution systems vs. electricity.

    If only the taxpayers could fund an infrastructure bill for this type of project:) One trench, multiple utilities, you get metered and pay for what you use.
    Not unlike the district steam systems that have been in some cities for generations. Or the waste burner in downtown Minneapolis that feeds around the city.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
    Hot_water_fan
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,490
    Love to see this happen. 
    Retired and loving it.
  • dopey27177
    dopey27177 Member Posts: 887
    District heating in any city not only N,Y, needs qualified people to maintain and repair the systems, additionally it also needs the people to maintain the systems within the building, not like the New York City Housing Authority.

    See what happens when staff does not do the needed maintenance and repair.