Cornwall District Energy System

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Cornwall District Energy System

Cornwall Electric selected FVB Energy Inc. to provide a variety of business development, marketing and engineering services for this district energy system, which provides heating services to two major hospitals as well as 12 additional government and commercial buildings Cornwall. The system started operations in 1994.


• Combined Heat & Power. The CHP plant utilizes two gas fired combined heat and power engines to produce 5 MW of electricity and 85% of the district heating system’s annual thermal energy requirements. The plant incorporates a unique building design due to its sensitive location in the middle of a residential neighborhood (within 15 meters of the nearest home). • District heating. The heating plant has a capacity of 38 million Btu/hour. The district heating system utilizes two natural gas fired boilers and a heat recovery boiler to provide 120 °C hot water. The distribution system utilizes European Standard (EN 253) thin wall steel pipe. One of the hospitals was converted from steam to hot water and its existing steam plant was eliminated.


• 2 Major Hospitals
• Commercial buildings
• Government buildings

FVB Energy, Inc. Services

FVB Energy provided many types of services to make this project successful, including:

• Market assessment and feasibility analysis
• Conceptual design of district heating and cooling system
• Marketing and sales guidance and support
• Financial analysis and rate structure development
• Hydraulic modeling and thermal storage analysis
• Level two financial analyses prior to capital authorization
• Detailed design of plant, distribution piping and building connections
• Commissioning of system