THIRD QUARTER 2008
20 Going for the Gold: Sewage heat recovery system to serve
Chris Baber, P.Eng., Project Manager, Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility;
Richard Damecour, P.Eng., Vice President, FVB Energy Inc.
During the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver, many athletes will be housed
at the Olympic Village at Southeast False Creek – a sustainable community served by a novel district
energy system. Recovering heat from raw sewage, the system will meet 70 percent of the area’s
heating and domestic hot water needs.
6 IDEA’s New Chair: Q & A with Dennis Fotinos
The First 25 Years: Looking back,
but eyeing the future
New Indianapolis Airport System: Innovative construction
techniques deliver savings
Mark Vogler, Superintendent of Thermal Engineering, Citizens Thermal Energy
The Indianapolis airport’s new Midfield Terminal is supplied with heating and cooling services from a
newly upgraded adjacent central plant. Connecting plant and terminal required innovative thinking,
which ultimately saved the owner money and garnered awards for the project.
3 Chair’s Message
4 President’s Message
38 Cooling Conference Preview
54 IDEA’s Forums
56 Industry News
64 Middle East Industry News
68 People in the News
69 Membership Application
71 Inside Insights
73 Members Speak Out
74 Energy and Environmental Policy
78 Customer Closeup
79 Meet Our Advertisers
80 Calendar of Events/Dates to Remember
Gas District Cooling in Malaysia: Pioneering a new industry
M. Amin A. Majid, Associate Professor, University Technology Petronas; S.I. Gilani, Senior
Lecturer, University Technology Petronas; C. Rangkuti, Associate Professor, University
The district cooling industry is not much more than a decade old in Malaysia. Seven systems are
currently in operation – most cogenerated, all fueled by natural gas. Here’s a look at how they
developed, what their challenges are, and why the district cooling industry is expected to grow.
Thermal Energy Corp. Moves Forward: From master
planning to implementation
Stephen K. Swinson, PE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Thermal Energy Corp.; William
Lynn Crawford, PE, Program Manager, Jacobs
Thermal Energy Corp.’s (TECO’s) customers at the Texas Medical Center are experiencing the
largest construction boom in the center’s 60-year history. To keep pace, TECO recently developed
– and has begun to implement – a comprehensive master plan.
ON THE COVER:
Set against the scenic skyline of Vancouver,
B.C., Southeast False Creek is a mixed-use
community under construction for the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (as
evidenced by the cranes). Many international
athletes will be housed in the Olympic Village.
Designed as a model of sustainability, South-
east False Creek will be served by a district
heating system that recovers waste heat from
municipal sewage – the first of its kind in North
America. Courtesy Eagle Eye Flying Camera.
Natural Gas vs. Biomass Energy: A matter of sustainability
Kevin Rhodes, PE, Project Director, Energy Utilities Group, Woolpert Inc.
As natural gas prices rise, some argue the U.S. has already reached peak production and that
neither imports nor liquefied natural gas are the answer. Many are looking to renewable energy
technologies like biomass. It’s an alternative that district energy facilities may want to consider.
Bioenergy Up Close and Personal: Going from know-how
Robert D. Smith, PE, Vice President, RMF Engineering Inc.
Former IDEA Chair Bob Smith and District Energy Editor Monica Westerlund were among the 1,100
attendees at the World Bioenergy Conference “Taking You From Know-How to Show-How” in May.
The conference provided a first-hand look at proven bioenergy technologies in operation.
Orlando Conference Kicks Off 100th Year: Informing,
IDEA’s 99th Annual Conference & Trade Show drew more than 430 participants to Orlando, Fla.,
in June – providing evidence of a growing global focus on energy efficiency and environmental
concerns. Here’s a conference wrapup.