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Proceedings of eSim 2016: 9th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Enviro-economic comparison of district energy systems using natural gas and waste energy resources

Behnaz Rezaie, Bale V. Reddy, Marc A. Rosen

Abstract: District energy systems provide an important means of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and the significant related concerns associated with global climate change. In this study, natural gas and waste to energy are compared as energy sources for a district energy system which serves a community including commercial and educational buildings. The district energy system is assessed preliminarily for the considered energy resources in two main ways, by considering CO2 emissions and economic aspects. The results indicate that waste to energy is the better option from economic and environmental points of view for the studied case. The results are expected to allow energy technology suppliers to work advantageously with communities while accounting appropriately for economic issues and CO2 emissions associated with these energy technologies.
Pages: 305 - 316