Heating network optimization
A heating system that uses steam is inherently inefficient. Because steam tends to escape from gaps in the system, leaks are common, leading to increased energy costs and uneven heating. Steam production is also an energy-intensive process, as the steam must be heated to a high temperature to flow through the pipes properly. Hot-water systems are more efficient because they experience less thermal loss, and the water is heated to a lower temperature.
At Ecosystem, we excel at performing steam to hot water conversions in complex and sensitive environments. At Brown University in Rhode Island, for example, Ecosystem converted the distribution network that serves the entire campus. Instead of using steam and high-temperature hot water, the network now runs on hot water. The modernized network, taking advantage of the existing piping, will incorporate other high-efficiency technologies, such as heat pumps and solar, in the future.