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Heat recirculation of the Columbia Icefields

TitleHeat recirculation of the Columbia Icefields
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsNicoll, A., B. Card, S. Myers, and S. Holzman
KeywordsCIF, Columbia Ice Field Arena, energy loss, heat re-circulation, University of Waterloo, Watgreen

…WATgreen is an organization that is in support of an environmentally aware campus; it offers significant new directions and opportunities for education and research. WATgreen also promotes and supports sustainable activities making our campus at the University of Waterloo much more efficient. To help WATgreen with its mandate, our group decided to look at heat recycling and the benefits that could come from it. The Columbia Ice Field Arena and its current cooling and heating systems were a suitable choice because in the process of cooling the ice, the arena created waste energy in the form of heat. When we started this project, we predicted that the building could be heated by recirculating waste heat, thus saving the University of Waterloo energy and money. The initial goal of our project was to determine if a sustainable heat recirculation system would be feasible for the long term. The rationale behind this particular project was to determine if it is practical to harness the waste-heaty energy… For full text, please e-mail