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Evaluating and comparing the sustainability of natural gas vs. active solar energy to heat the Physical Activities Complex Pool

TitleEvaluating and comparing the sustainability of natural gas vs. active solar energy to heat the Physical Activities Complex Pool
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsJones, G., S. Flegel, C. Hughes, C. Sheppard, and R. Earl
Keywordsenergy sources, heating PAC, natural gas, PAC, solar energy, sustainable development, University of Waterloo
Abstract

To date, there has been much contemplation regarding whether the University is using sustainable energy sources. It is important that the University continue to examine new methods to ensure sustainability of energy systems on the campus. The purpose of this report is to evaluate and compare the sustainability of heating the Physical Activities Complex (PAC) pool with natural gas versus solar energy, specifically a flat plate solar thermal energy collector. The system examined in this report is the PAC pool at the University of Waterloo and the energy used to heat the pool water. Sustainable development can be defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. To work towards this ideal, the criteria on which the current and suggested systems are to be examined are not only environmental, but also take into account economic and social considerations. Our report will compare these two types of energy sources to determine which has a greater sustainability. The more sustainable option will be recommended for the PAC… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca