EPRI Studies District Heat
District heating and cooling can offer new business opportunities for power providers, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). EPRI is working with energy companies across the country to retrofit older, fossil-fueled power plants to supply heating and cooling, as well as electricity, to entire communities.
Common in Europe and Asia, district energy systems can more than double the efficiency of power plants while significantly reducing emissions of NOx, SOx and CO2. Much waste energy from conventional power stations can be reclaimed by circulating hot water or steam to nearby buildings for space heating or for industrial processes. Waste heat can also be used to drive chillers for cooling.
EPRI has been studying the application of district heating and cooling