[su_heading style=”modern-2-orange” size=”18″ align=”left”]What is a District Cooling System (DCS)[/su_heading]
District cooling systems (DCS) produce chilled water at a central plant which is distributed through underground pre-insulated pipe system to multiple residential, industrial and commercial buildings for air conditioning and refrigeration. This chilled water can be produced from different sources, including electric chillers, absorption chillers, combined heat and power, industrial waste energy, or cold sea or lake water.
As a result, these buildings don't require to have their own chillers and air conditioners. The result is up to 40% improvement in efficiency and up to 20% life cycle cost savings. District cooling system (DCS) has been widely used because of its low cost and high energy efficiency.
Because of the large-scale production, together with the convenience of bringing in seawater for condenser cooling, the chiller plant used in DCS systems is of a higher efficiency than those in individual buildings. The customers can also use the building space of their own more effectively.
[su_heading style=”modern-1-blue” size=”18″ align=”left”]Main advantages of district cooling systems[/su_heading]
The main advantages of the district cooling compared to the building-specific solutions are environment friendliness, lower operating and maintenance needs and often higher energy efficiency. More specific, district cooling benefits include:
[icon name=”chevron-right” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] District cooling systems (DCS) eliminate the need for chillers, cooling towers, pumps and other individual systems. These systems free up space in clients' buildings that can be used to generate additional profit, making them highly effective solutions for commercial or industrial facilities located in densely populated areas.
[icon name=”chevron-right” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Reduce operating and maintenance costs,
[icon name=”chevron-right” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Substantial efficiency Improvement. These systems are up to 40 percent more efficient, as larger systems are considerably more energy-efficient than small, individual units. They use an average of 40 percent less electricity than traditional cooling or heating systems. The cost-effective nature of district cooling makes it attractive. With reduced capital and operating costs, it mitigates the need for individual buildings to design, construct and maintain individual air-conditioning plants. Using substantially less electricity than air-conditioning also brings costs down, it saves valuable real estate space, and also enjoys considerably longer plant life than air-conditioning units.
[icon name=”chevron-right” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Better sustainability. Future enhancements are streamlined with all equipment centralized. District cooling systems enable a greater degree of flexibility, as building needs can go up or down without the need to change the central plant's capacity.
[icon name=”chevron-right” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Environmental friendly. Also the adoption of a such cooling system results in a softer environmental impact. Every ton of district cooling capacity installed can save one ton of CO² emissions compared to conventional air conditioning. In addition, the ability of district cooling systems to make use of environmentally conscious resources – such as recycled water – ensures an increasingly sustainable cooling model for a region that needs to be smart about its energy production and use.
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