MAN Energy Solutions (MAN Energy) and Vicinity Energy have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of heat pumps as a low-climate impact energy source for district heating. Together, the companies will collaborate in the advocacy for and the development of low-temperature source heat pump systems for steam generation and their application in the district energy systems.
“The heating sector accounts for 30% to 40% of global carbon dioxide [CO2] emissions. Without decarbonizing heat, the global energy transition cannot succeed,” said Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy. “At the same time district heating systems are one of the most efficient and sustainable ways to provide heat to private households, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities. The task is to reduce district heating systems’ dependence on coal- or fossil fuel-fired heat sources. Our heat pump technology can do that and we have showcases in the field in Europe to prove it. I am very happy that we could win the trust and support of Vicinity Energy to work together on the application of our technology to Vicinity’s impressive district energy system.”
“Vicinity’s first heat pump complex in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which draws from proven examples in Europe, will be the largest in the United States. It will be powered by renewable electricity to safely and efficiently harvest energy from the Charles River, returning it at a lower temperature,” says Bill DiCroce, president and CEO of Vicinity Energy. “We have made a lot of progress harvesting the energy of the sun and wind, MAN Energy’s technology will now enable Vicinity to renewably harvest energy at scale from rivers and oceans, which are presently warming from the effects of climate change. This is a big deal in district energy’s efforts to decarbonize cities, and Vicinity Energy is very proud to lead the way with MAN in this exciting venture.”
Vicinity Energy is a district energy company operating North America’s most extensive energy portfolio. The company strives to decrease its carbon emissions by replacing conventional energy sources with renewable power and implementing innovative technologies to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.