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Global energy consumption is rapidly increasing. The combined heating and cooling of buildings now makes up 40% of the world’s energy use. And by 2030, global energy demands will increase by 60%. But more than half of the energy currently used for conventional heating and cooling is wasted due to significant temperature losses and poor system efficiency. This is posing a serious challenge to the supply of sufficient energy at reasonable cost to society and the environment.
District energy is well placed to meet the future of heating and cooling demands by continually optimising system efficiency while increasing comfort and reliability. It ensures a more rational use of energy for cities, communities and campuses. And is paving the way for a fossil-free future by offering greater potential for sustainable energy sources. District energy benefits include:
- The possibility to store energy (wind and solar), and utilise other local heat sources which otherwise would be wasted
- Greater fuel flexibility, including the use of renewable energy sources
- Enhanced end-user comfort, with on-demand heating and cooling, and virtually no break downs
- Potential for both existing and new district infrastructures
- Eligibility for significant government incentives such as the £320m UK Heat Networks Investment Project
Grundfos offers a range of intelligent and higher performing pumping solutions for every commercial application to ensure optimal efficiency. Discover how Grundfos significantly reduced its own energy consumption for cooling at its headquarters in Bjerringbro, Denmark. Together with a local energy company, Grundfos built a joint energy exchange centre that could capture, store and use heating and cooling within a closed system. This district energy alliance is now saving 3,700 tonnes of CO2 a year, and covering 15% of the annual heat consumption for Bjerringbro District Heating.
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