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$400M Christchurch heating scheme moves forward

posted Feb 7, 2012, 1:40 AM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated Feb 7, 2012, 1:40 AM ]
"Three feasibility studies investigating aspects of a proposed district energy system (DES) say it is "very promising" and could be done in the rebuilt central city. But they suggest a softly, softly approach, warning that key buildings need to be part of the scheme from its beginning and that temporary boilers on either side of the city would be needed while pipes were being laid. The proposed project would provide space heating, water heating and air conditioning from a central power and heat co-generation plant fuelled by wood chips or wood waste"

"The technical study involved the development of a phased model to implement a scheme which can be expanded as the CBD rebuild progresses. It is envisaged that the scheme would use mostly renewable fuels.  The Investment and Ownership report notes that based on this phased approach the project can be commercially successful. The final report, which considered social, economic and environmental matters found that this approach to creating and operating a DES would have a number of benefits for Christchurch"

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