District heating is a system for distributing heat generated in centralized locations through a system of insulated pipes for residential and commercial heating requirements such as space heating and water heating. The heat can be obtained from various sources including heat-only boiler stations, geothermal heating, cogeneration plants burning fossil fuels, biomass or waste incineration. With municipalities aiming for low-carbon energy, there is a move to replace fossil fuel-based heating systems with more environmentally friendly heating systems. Heat pumps are installed either as stand-alone systems or in connection with other low-carbon heating technologies for optimized heat production.
District heating systems draw from a range of sources in order to supply heat energy for various applications via heat pump-based technology.
GEA’s district heating solutions evolve from its long and proven history as a global leader in the industrial refrigeration space where compression serves as the core technology. Industries served include food, beverage, dairy, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, natural gas and marine.
District heating applications also rely on this core competency, often in the form of GEA’s compressor-driven heat pump technology.
The GEA RedAstrum heat pump is utilized in district heating systems as well as industrial processes.
GEA’s Holistic Engineering Solutions platform (NEXUS) — supportive of our company’s maxim, engineering for a better world — is driven by our passion to deliver solutions that reduce energy consumption and carbon footprints.
Furthermore, GEA’s commitment to providing sustainable solutions includes the use of the most efficient heat pump technology with natural refrigerants such as ammonia (NH₃), which has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) rating of 0.
As such, GEA’s approach to district heating aligns perfectly with our commitment to our customers and our planet.
Four GEA ammonia heat pumps drive the district heating system in Malmö, Sweden, which heats about 100,000 homes.
Watch as this custom-engineered GEA heat pump unit is loaded for shipment and rolls out to Canada for a district energy installation.
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The chillers of this series are characterized by great part-load efficiency.
First class electronic monitoring based on proven developments.
The intuitive touch for machine control technology.
Customized heat pumps are designed for optimized efficiency and a wide range of temperatures and capacities. They serve all common industrial applications and district heating. They are applied when special conditions or requirements outstrip the limits of our standard heat pumps.
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