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ENMAX District Energy Centre *tours run until 3 pm
September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Situated on the corner of 9th Ave and 4th St SE in the East Village, the sleek ENMAX District Energy Centre is a facility you’ve likely walked, cycled, or driven by many times and may have mistaken as an office building. Take a closer look through its street-level windows, and instead of desks and cubicles, you’ll see a network of pipes. This infrastructure is the heart of a thermal network that consists of over 5,500 metres of underground insulated pipes that bring centralized heating to commercial, institutional and residential buildings across downtown. Opened in 2010, the 20,000 sq. ft. facility houses 55 MW of high-efficiency natural gas boilers that can heat over 10 million sq. ft. of space in the downtown core and East Village. In other words, enough office space for nearly 100,000 people.
The underground network of pipes carries thermal energy, in the form of hot water, to be used for space heating and domestic hot water to customers including City Hall, Studio Bell, Simmons Building, Hilton Hotel, Telus SKY, and Intact Place. Although District Energy as a concept isn’t new, what sets this system apart is the additional ways it delivers efficiency. In early 2018, ENMAX added a 3.3 MW combined heat and power (CHP) unit to the District Energy Centre which enables on-site electricity generation and increases the plant’s reliability, resiliency, and efficiency. The building also has rooftop solar and battery storage used to generate and discharge electricity in unique ways. Come to visit us on September 22 as part of Doors Open YYC 2018 to learn more.
District Energy allows for an entire district or community to be heated from one central location, resulting in greater efficiency and fewer emissions than conventional heating systems.
As technology advances, new fuel sources will continue to be integrated into the District Energy Centre, benefitting all buildings connected to the system at the same time.
The ENMAX District Energy Centre will be open for guided tours as part of Doors Open YYC on September 22 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
The ENMAX District Energy Centre is an operating industrial facility. A waiver of liability is required to participate in the facility tour.
• Guided tours are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
• Tours duration is 15-20 minutes in length.
• Tour sizes are restricted to 15 people at a time.
• All tour guests must wear flat close-toed shoes. No exceptions.
• Hard hats and safety glasses will be provided to all tour guests.