NTSWA Gas To Energy Heat Loop

The drive behind the heat loop project was the use of the tremendous amount of heat being wasted or underutilized from NTSWA’s electric generating facility.

After utilizing hot water from the engine’s cooling jacket to supply heat to our leachate treatment facility, our 9,600 square foot truck garage and our 14,400 square foot hydroponic greenhouse, NTSWA still had more energy to recover.

Former Executive Director, David Terrill, who always had a vision of a future powered by renewable energy sources, was the driving force behind the entire project.

The exhaust heat exits the engine where it is captured by our 3.28 million BTU heat exchanger. Water is then heated and transported 800 feet to our pump house. The pump house is the central location for the transported water. Hot water from the engine enters the pump house where it passes through another heat exchanger and then travels another 800 feet supplying hot water to both the Bradford County Manor and Bradford County Correctional Facility. Once entering these facilities, it will then pass through additional heat exchangers which in turn, will heat the water to these facilities. This state of the art operation supplies both heat and domestic hot water to The Bradford County Manor and Bradford County Correctional facilities.

Terrill approached the Bradford County Manor with the idea of harnessing the exhaust waste heat and in turn transferring this energy to both county facilities. After the County was on board, Michael Norris, of Michael L. Norris and Associates, Inc., was hired as the engineer for the project.

The entire project took one year to complete, from start to finish.

Due to the simplicity of the Heat Loop project, environmental hazards were nonexistent. The insulated pipe was buried a minimum of 4 feet underground. This eliminated the need to use chemicals, such as glycol, to prevent the water from freezing.

NTSWA’s ability to provide an end use heat source originating from the waste of Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga Counties makes this a “State of the Art” operation.

In September 2013, NTSWA was awarded the Gold Excellence Award from The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) in Long Beach, California. The award was accepted in honor and in memory of Former Executive Director, David Terrill, who lost a battle with cancer in 2010.