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District Heating Primer
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district heating systems in British Columbia
basic configuration of thermal networks
video on community heating panel discussion at the 2010 CanBio Conference
source: BC Ministry of Energy & Mines
source: IS Cleaner
funding sources for community energy solutions
source: BC Community Energy Association
example of a heat map - master planning district heating in Almaty, Kazakhstan
case studyRevcelstoke Community Energy Corp.
source: Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
ownership models for district heating
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Community Energy / District Heating Expertise


In cold climates that Canadian cities face, community energy solutions and district heating systems are a solution to the cost-effective use of environmentally friendly, low-carbon heat sources, such as biomass.


A district heating system – sometimes dubbed as ‘thermal grid’ - consists of a centralized source for heating - such as a biomass heating plant - and an underground pipe network that distributes that heat - commonly hot water - to a series of customer buildings, typically for space heating and sanitary hot water needs.


Heat is generated in a centralized plant rather than individually inside each and every building. The centralized approach allows applying technologies, such as combined heat & power or biomass boilers that cannot be used cost-effectively on a building level. It also allows ‘greening’ facilities that for various reasons can not be made energy efficient.


The term 'district heating' or 'coommunity energy' refers to a wide range of thermal networks, from small micro-grids with up to 10 consumers to medium-sized networks supplying tens or hundreds of buildings to large utility-scale heating networks with multiple heat generators. For biomass-fuelled applications, micro-grids and small-to medium sized networks are most common.


Cornelius Suchy is looking at 16 year of experience from projects in Germany, Switzerland, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, theUkraine and Canada. CBER’s services encompass all stages of planning, design, operation, maintenance and management, and include technical, institutional, legal, economic as well as logistical aspects, such as metering and billing.

CBER's projects involving district or remote heating
   District Heating
   Emission Control
  Power Generation
  Feedstock Preparation