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The Opportunities In Harvesting Waste Heat On Energy Islands

Study examines potential for capturing heat loss generated by industrial processes such as this example.

Study examines potential for capturing heat loss generated by industrial processes such as this example.

A study of energy production along the Green Line light rail corridor in the Twin Cities and the potential for linking energy islands to create a more efficient regional system has been added to the Resource Center best practices database.

"Energy Island Integration Study," which was prepared by Ever-Green Energy for District Energy St. Paul, was initially commissioned to explore the extension of District Energy during Green Line light rail transit corridor construction. The study evolved with support from the Department of Energy and Rep.  Betty McCollum to identify opportunities for local energy system improvements.

The report includes recommendations for integrating energy assets and systems in Saint Paul and Minneapolis and establishes a methodology for examining these opportunities in other regions. This integration would develop new opportunities for production facilities, improving production efficiency and creating an income stream from energy sales. Consumers would benefit from the development of affordable and stable energy alternatives. The energy systems and the metropolitan region would benefit from greenhouse gas emission reductions and a more stable and flexible energy system.

Read the executive summary and download the full report