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Expansion Planned for Innovative Underground Chilled Water System in Downtown Windsor

Monday July 23rd, 2012, 12:15pm


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District Energy’s chiller as seen from above

“Smart energy for smart buildings”, that’s the philosophy behind a world-class, energy-efficient solution to heat and cool a number of buildings in Downtown Windsor.

District Energy Windsor, a division of the Windsor Utilities Commission, was created in the late 90’s, and became one of the first distributed energy systems in North America to supply both hot water heating and chilled water cooling service to buildings in the Downtown core.

District Energy Windsor’s concept has saved 9,710 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere, compared to if connected buildings Downtown had installed their own boilers.

The chiller portion of the system, which cools water to 3.9°C or below and distributes it through underground pipes to such buildings as City Hall, Caesars Windsor, Police Headquarters, the Art Gallery of Windsor and the Royal Bank on Ouellette is housed next to the new Family Aquatic Centre and can often be heard working hard on very hot days. Chilled water is used to produce cold air for building air conditioning systems.

City Council has committed $1.9 million to upgrading the chiller and expanding its capacity by 250 tonnes to provide cooling to the Family Aquatic Centre and for future buildings in Downtown Windsor.

Council will vote tonight to look for a bidder for the project which is planned to be completed for November.

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