Smart Energy Centre
The most significant “game changer” about to make headlines is called a “Smart Energy Centre”. Developed in B.C. it marries two older technologies into one seamless energy system. “CHP” (combined heat & power) and heat pump technologies are integrated with a control system that optimizes the flow of energy and provides simultaneous heating and cooling capability 24hrs a day 365 days per year.
A natural gas or bio-fuel fired generator produces electricity at approximately half the current market rate here in Ontario and comes equipped with a system for capturing the excess heat from the engines’ cooling jacket and exhaust. This otherwise wasted heat energy is used to heat water, make steam or used in industrial processes. When not required the excess heat is typically stored in a closed system ground loop of piping, otherwise knows as a geo-field. Heat pumps use this stored energy to provide year round cooling and heating.
The net result is a reduction in total energy use of up to 50% depending on the facility.