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Mr. Lorenzen. “How can you minimize the loss of heat when you’re transporting hot water? The energy price in Europe is very different from in North America, and so the incentive to reduce heat loss is much higher. Polyurethane foam has extremely high insulation properties.” “British Columbia has been the epicentre for district energy development over the last ten years” says Mr. Vreugde. “All the new systems that we’ve seen in Canada have been EN253 European hot water systems, including the City of Vancouver, the City of Surrey, the City of Richmond, Lonsdale in North Vancouver, plus numerous university and college campuses in B.C. including UBC, Simon Fraser University, UNBC, and more. There are other success stories, like Markham District Energy near Toronto, ENMAX in Calgary, Hamilton Community Energy, Regent Park Toronto, Sudbury District Energy, and La Cité Verte in Quebec. The United States is also beginning to recognize EN systems, and we’ve seen that in a few projects over the last few years, like Montpelier in Vermont, and of course Stanford University. So there’s this movement or trend with campuses all around North America and they’re looking at converting aging steam distribution systems to modern hot water piping networks.” Urecon has supported steam-to-hot-water projects for over a decade. “We worked on the University of Rochester project in upstate New York beginning back in 2006, where we converted 25 km of distribution piping to hot water, including 95 building

connections,” says Mr. Vreugde. “Then we did UBC Vancouver from 2011-15, which was about 15km of piping, and 131 building connections. We’ve done similar systems at MIT, at UNBC, at Simon Fraser, and at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. We provide guidance and training through the entire process, from feasibility to detailed design to logistics right to training of the contractor and field assistance. We also support the Logstor system with an entire team in North America, and we carry a healthy inventory of EN253 stock in our Canadian stockyards, for materials that are required quickly.” STANFORD ENERGY SYSTEMS INNOVATIONS The most ambitious project Urecon has been involved with took place at Stanford University, where they converted a 40 km steam system to Logstor hot water piping as part of the larger Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI) project. “Stanford actually invited four different companies to install a small project,” explains Mr. Lorenzen. “They evaluated the individual products, and determined which were the most economical, the easiest to install, and the safest. Stanford has a commitment to reduce CO2 emissions, and they wanted to save on their energy any way they could. They were also looking for a stable, safe system to operate – one that offered more resiliency. One of the reasons they chose Logstor is because, compared to other systems, when you’re putting the pipe in the ground you don’t have to go very deep.” With this European URECON FIELD TRAINING SESSION TO ENSURE PROPER INSTALLATION OF LOGSTOR PIPING AND LEAK DETECTION.




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