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What is Deep Water Cooling?

 , May 26, 2016 updated on April 04, 2017
Deep water cooling is a district cooling method that draws cold water from deep in a lake or ocean to cool buildings. Cooling is achieved by running the water through a network of pipes though each floor of a building. If the water is fresh, it is ideally fed into a city's water supply for reuse.
Deep water cooling tends to be capital intensive and requires a large upfront investment. Once it's operating it uses as little as 10% of the energy consumed by traditional air conditioning, depending on the temperature of the water and distance from the buildings being cooled.
Overview: Deep Water Cooling
TypeSustainable Urban Design
DefinitionA cooling system that uses a natural body of water as a heat sink.
ValueReduced energy consumption.
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