Geothermal Heating :
Exploring Geothermal District Heating in Inuvik, Northwest Territories
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Increasing concerns for depleting conventional resources and climate change prompted a decentralized energy system that is characterized by locating of energy production facilities closer to the site of energy consumption. We evaluated implementation of such system with geothermal heating technology in the Northern Canadian community of Inuvik, Northwest Territories where imported natural gas is currently used for heating. Our design makes use of an existing oil and gas well to promote a sustainable solution with reduced use of new resources. Our feasibility study indicates that our system design can meet the heating demand of Inuvik with a district heating facility. We further investigated the project from environmental, social, cultural, health & safety, and economic & legal aspects completing with recommendations for future work.