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Director Applied Energy Ltd

I am not an electricity expert. My expertise is in the fields of thermal energy usage within buildings and industries, and thermal energy recycling from wastewater. I am a director of Applied...

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This same type of assessment could and should be done for North America too. Then the results can be integrated into energy planning for every city.

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Matt Chester on Jun 16, 2022

Why do you think these opportunities aren't getting more of the spotlight given the decarbonization opportunities, Nick? 

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Nick Meeten on Jun 16, 2022

Hi Matt, I think the main barriers are nothing new.

  1. Lack of awareness about wastewater as a thermal energy resource.
  2. Siloed thinking between wastewater utilities, electrical utilities and the buildings sector.
  3. Lack of information available indicating how much and where this thermal energy is located within a city, to cross over these silos and get people collaborating.

These factors are almost global in my experience, with some exceptions for example in Scandinavia and Japan. In the US, on top of these factors is also the relative lack of wide spread use of district heat networks. I know there are some, but their use is still relatively limited compared to regions like Scandinavia.

Lastly, the US is not facing the intense pressure that Europe is currently facing, to find alternatives to fossil fuel. Hence there is not the same urgency within the US to look for alternative opportunities.

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