Thermal energy networks, wastewater energy transfer and phase change materials are three technologies that can further our decarbonization and electrification work. Read on to see how they work together.
As we undertook an enormous infrastructure project after World War II to build gas pipelines, our future includes constructing local thermal energy networks — much more practical than country-wide pipelines.
Properly implemented, these thermal energy networks will fill our city centers with sustainable energy solutions that will reduce peak electrical consumption dramatically in the summertime and eliminate electrical spikes in the wintertime.
Before we know it, much like seeing a new water main or sewer main going into a downtown city street, we will see geothermal main lines installed in our communities. The time is coming when energy companies will charge for BTUs exchanged rather than for fossil fuels combusted.