A System for the Future
When AES assumed operations of the City of Akron’s district energy system in 2010, it was determined that a plan to ensure viability was needed. In collaboration with leaders from the city, Akron Children’s Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron Energy Systems embarked on a process to create a district energy system for the future.
Conserving Valuable Resources
To recover the water from the customer, Akron Energy Systems instituted a condensate return process. This allows for water to be returned to the district energy production plant through underground piping that runs parallel to our steam and chilled water lines. Once returned to the plant, the water is treated and then reused to produce steam.
Reducing Environmental Impact
AES utilizes an energy recovery generator to capture the excess thermal energy for reuse. This valuable resource that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere is captured and converted into an energy source. Not only does this process improve the system’s overall efficiency, but it lowers the production plant’s CO2 emissions.