29 Jul '14, 2pm

New Technologies, Fuels Enhance Viability of $10 Billion District Heating Market: The decades-old alternative

District heating (DH) can deliver cost gains of up to 74 percent over conventional distributed heating, with benefits varying with technologies, fuels and climate, according to Lux Research. Although the sector is decades old and worth $10 billion annually, efficiency and technical sophistication of systems varies from region to region, with Europe currently leading the way. Lux Research predicts that new technologies – coupled with a range of alternative fuels – will enable more efficiencies, lower carbon output, and enhance the economic viability of district heating for a wider range of geographies, notably the Northeast United States, Spain, Poland, South Korea and Japan. “Despite being a clear winner, district heating systems face structural hurdles. Given the long-time horizon of such a network, it is dependent on future building development – a municipally controlled...

Full article: http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95769-new-technologies-fue...

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