A partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has resulted in the successful installation and operation of a sewerthermal heating and cooling system. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Monday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at the MWRD’s James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant, 7601 W. Oakton, Des Plaines.
This new system can result in a 25-50 percent reduction in electricity usage along with reductions in the maintenance expenses and pollutants associated with separate heating and cooling systems.
MWRD’s Board of Commissioners, University of Illinois at Chicago Dean of Engineering Dr. Peter Nelson and chemical engineering professor Dr. Sohail Murad will be cutting the ribbon on the new heat pumps.