The Juneau District Heating system will transfer the heat in seawater to a high temperature freshwater heat source with the innovative Emerson Seawater Heat Pump technology. The end result is that high temperature freshwater is delivered via the District Heating Loop to supply heat to the buildings and residences in Juneau. The District Heating could also heat home residence complexes and individual homes. The district heating operations will displace diesel boilers currently used and lower operating costs to downtown building facilities.

Juneau District Heating – Advantages and Benefits

  • First Seawater Heat Pump District Heating System in North America

    Juneau District Heating is the First Seawater Heat Pump District Heating System in North America to use Emerson Climate Technologies patented seawater heat pumps that have been tried and proven in the Drammen, Norway district heating system since 2011.

  • Low Conversion Costs-District Heating is easy

    Boilers are expensive. Expensive to purchase and expensive to maintain. District heating removes the need for on premise boilers and their maintenance. Instead, a low cost Energy Transfer Station is installed by Juneau District Heating that makes the connection to your building or residence heating system.

  • A Cleaner Environment…Zero Carbon Emissions

    District Energy from the Juneau District Heating plant reduces the number of smokestacks throughout Juneau and will one day eliminate the need for any fossil fuel smokestacks and their associated emissions in downtown Juneau. District heating also eliminates any concerns associated with fuel availability/fossil fuel price volatility since no fossil fuels are required.  This means no worry about expensive and hazardous fuel tank leaks and fuel storage hassles associated with traditional diesel boiler systems. The entire heating supply system has “zero carbon emissions”

  • Lower Heating Costs. Now and forever

    District heating is less expensive than fossil fuel based heating and hot water. Most fossil fuel heating and hot water system are 70% to 85% efficient. This means that 15% to 25% of your energy dollars go up a smokestack as unusable heat. Comparatively, with district heating, you only pay for what you use with no wasted heat.  You will never have to worry about fossil fuel price inflation or volatility, because your heating system is now immune to world oil and fossil fuel prices. Additionally, your maintenance costs disappear.  Juneau District Heating will provide reliable, steady and comfortable high temperature heat at a greatly reduced cost that reduces risk of fire and other hazards. The availability of this heat source is reliable, predictable and sustainable because it comes from completely renewable local sources.

  • 300% Efficient Heating

    The Emerson Climate Technologies patents and know-how have enabled a seawater based heat pump system that delivers 3 kilowatts worth of Btu’s of usable heat for every 1 kilowatt of input to run the equipment.  This 300% efficient heating is transformational because it efficiently converts otherwise unusable heat from a totally renewable source (seawater) into a usable form.

  • Simple inexpensive connections

    Juneau District Heating supplies the Energy Transfer Station making the connection to the District Heating System inexpensive and simple, requiring no building retrofits or expensive conversion systems. Easy, plug and play.

  • Lower Energy Costs

    With district thermal energy, a building only purchases the energy it needs to meet its requirements with 100% efficiency. Forget about fuel inflation and fossil fuel price volatility with clean, sustainable district heating. Why burn your boiler in the summer only to get hot water? District heating supplies all of your heat and hot water needs all year round. Clean, Sustainable, Smart.

  • Lower Operating and Maintenance Costs

    With Juneau District Heating, you no longer need highly trained on-site maintenance and operating personnel or plumbing and heating contractors with costly annual maintenance contracts. Juneau District Heating picks up this expense with our technicians ensuring that your Energy Transfer Station is running at peak performance year round. In fact, you can look up your energy and operational costs on your I-phone or Android device 24/7. Your Boiler and hot water tank  operating and maintenance expenses (i.e. electricity, water treatment chemicals, insurance) are all eliminated. The cost of insurance can also be reduced to reflect the lower risk of eliminating the need for flammable or environmentally damaging fossil fuels on your premises.  Additionally, if your boiler, like many boilers creates an electrical “demand charge” when it is initially turned on, then Juneau District Heating can additionally lower your annual electrical charges.

  • Stable Competitive Energy Rates…indefinitely

    Remember $4.00+ fuel oil and how you had to absorb this exorbitant price?  With Juneau District Heating there are no fossil fuels to worry about so you can forget about fossil fuel inflation and fossil fuel volatility and relax with predictable and reliable heat for years to come.  Juneau District Heating converts two local and inexpensive resources: hydropower and sea water to create competitive and stable heating for you indefinitely.

  • More Revenue-Generating Space

    Space is expensive. How much room does your boiler and water tank systems take up?  Elimination of boiler systems and their auxiliaries within a building can free up valuable floor space for income producing purposes and increases architectural flexibility. The use of district heating reduces vibration and noise problems and eliminates the need for stacks going up through a building. Your building becomes instantly green (economically and environmentally) as well as contributes to the sustainability of our community.

  • Supporting the Local Economy

    The Juneau Chamber of Commerce runs a “Buy Local” campaign. You cannot get any more “local” than Juneau District Heating. Local energy and heat resources to provide local benefits by keeping your local energy dollars…local.  These local energy dollars recirculate and stay in our Juneau economy helping you , your family and your community.  Juneau District Heating creates a new industry in Juneau with long-term  direct and indirect jobs that never leave our community.  In addition, district heating will improve property values and reduce fire risks while simultaneously reducing the State of Alaska’s cost of maintaining their buildings in Juneau.  Energy and heat savings to our downtown schools can result in more funds going directly to education. Energy and heat savings to municipal buildings means your tax dollars are better spent on local services.

  • Reliable Heating Service

    District Heating systems typically are better maintained and operated than in-building systems. Highly qualified operators monitor and maintain our systems 24/7 365 days a year providing you responsible and reliable heat for your business, your family and your community.

  • The first of many to follow…a repeatable system

    The Juneau District Heating system is modeled after the successful system in Drammen, Norway.  The Juneau heating district will be the first implementation of  this unique seawater heat pump technology in the US.  Juneau will become a shining beacon for this type of innovation to to achieve energy security and energy independence using local seawater and renewable electricity resources. Other coastal communities will want to copy and build upon our success.

  • Energy Security and Energy Resilience

    All the Energy inputs (hydropower and seawater) are local and low cost.  Juneau will become Energy Secure and achieve an unmatched energy resilience that will provide lower cost heat now and for generations of Juneauites to continue. Conversely, oil and fossil fuels are shipped from Seattle 891 miles to Juneau making them potentially expensive or unavailable due to changing world conditions. With Juneau District Heating, we can plan our own future independently without the impact of adverse changes in the global energy market because our local hydropower and the heat for our homes and businesses are from sustainable local sources.