Sheridan College wins 2020 EnVisioneer of the Year award

(L – R) John Galyen, president of Danfoss North America, presented the 2020 EnVisioneer Award to Herbert Sinnock, director of sustainability for Sheridan College, at Sheridan’s Trafalgar campus in Oakville, ON.

Danfoss has presented its 11th EnVisioneer of the Year award to Oakville, ON’s Sheridan College. The school’s recently upgraded district heating system features pre-engineered, factory-built Energy Transfer Stations (ETS) from Danfoss.

The annual EnVisioneer of the Year award competition recognizes North American original equipment manufacturers, building owners, municipalities, contractors and end users that have introduced a new product, opened a new facility or invested in a building or system upgrade in the past 18 months using Danfoss products or solutions to realize significant energy and environmental savings.

Sheridan College’s three-year project to decommission its almost 50-year-old steam plant began in 2016. The school replaced the system with a third-generation hot water district heating system to heat the entire campus, and used ETS engineered and made by Danfoss. The interconnected system of heat exchangers, valves, pumps, programmable controller, piping and controllers takes the central heat and transfers it into individual buildings.

By using the ETS, multiple buildings were able to transition to the new low temperature hot water district energy system, while minimizing the delay in connecting new equipment.

“Our old steam plant was experiencing more than 65 per cent heat loss throughout the system,” says Herbert Sinnock, director of sustainability for Sheridan College. “By converting to a hot water system, we have reduced our annual natural gas consumption by more than 280,000 m3, which equates to an annual carbon reduction of 530 tons. And we expect to further increase energy savings as we optimize and expand the system throughout the upcoming heating seasons. Plus, the Energy Transfer Stations from Danfoss allow for intelligent, granular control of the individual building supply water temperatures, delta T, and flow for both heating and domestic hot water.”

“This is the first time we’ve presented our EnVisioneer of the Year award to an end user for their success in implementing new district heating technology,” says John Galyen, president – North America, Danfoss. “Danfoss has been engineering district energy systems and technologies for global installations for more than 80 years, but the potential in the North American market has only recently begun emerging and is greatest in campus and microgrid environments. District heating offers tremendous opportunity to look beyond the component or building to even greater levels of energy efficiency and decarbonization.”


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