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Economic Assessment of Rural District Heating by Bio-Steam Supplied by a Paper Mill in Canada

Mariya Marinova, Catherine Beaudry, Abdelaziz Taoussi, Martin Trepanier and Jean Paris

Article (2008)

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Cite this document: Marinova, M., Beaudry, C., Taoussi, A., Trepanier, M. & Paris, J. (2008). Economic Assessment of Rural District Heating by Bio-Steam Supplied by a Paper Mill in Canada. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 28(2), p. 159-173. doi:10.1177/0270467607313953
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The article investigates the feasibility of district heating in a small town adjacent to a Kraft pulp mill in eastern Canada. A detailed heat demand analysis is performed for all buildings using a geographical information system and archived data provided by the municipality. The study shows that the entire space heating requirement of the town can be supplied by steam from the mill, even during exceptional peak demands. A screening test based on load density indicators, however, reveals that a district heating serving the entire town would probably not be economically viable. An economic analysis of partial districts show that a district covering about half of the town can be economically viable with a proper balance between the price of the steam sold by the mill to the district operator and the cost of the energy sold to customers.

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district heating, economic assessment, industry-based district heating, demand analysis, ecoindustrial cluster, sustainable development, bio-steam

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Subjects: 1600 Génie industriel > 1600 Génie industriel
2300 Combustibles et technologie de l'énergie > 2303 Autres sources d'énergie (combustibles solaire, éolien, etc.)
7000 Autres études en sciences naturelles et en génie > 7003 Gestion des ressources renouvelables et non renouvelables
Department: Département de mathématiques et de génie industriel
Research Center: Non applicable
Funders: CRSNG
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 14:40
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 10:43
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/2297/
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Journal Title: Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society (vol. 28, no. 2)
Publisher: SAGE
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0270467607313953


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