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100 years of energy for Detroiters

Unique among Detroit utilities, Detroit Thermal delivers clean steam energy through an extensive, redundant, underground network that runs throughout the greater downtown Detroit area and services more than 100 buildings. The steam is used for space heating, domestic hot water heating, absorption chilling, humification, cooking, sterilization and beer brewing. Produced with clean natural gas, our environmentally friendly system offers building owners and facilities managers several important advantages:

Detroit Thermal’s steam distribution system has been an innovative energy solution for Detroit since 1903. More than 100 years later, it is still providing clean, safe steam energy as effectively as ever–only now, it is partially derived from clean, renewable sources.

Detroit Thermal is a critical piece of Detroit’s energy infrastructure and economic recovery. The extensive network provides steam for cost-effective space heating, hot water heating and absorption cooling to more than 100 buildings throughout the greater downtown area.

Sometimes referred to as “district energy,” our service is an alternative to the cost and complexity of operating on-site steam boilers, water chillers or other energy systems.

1900

Detroit is the world’s largest manufacturer of heating and cooking stoves. Other big industries include ship building, cigars and tobacco, pharmaceuticals, beer, rail cars, and foundry and machine shop products.

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Detroit is the world’s largest manufacturer of heating and cooking stoves. Other big industries include ship building.

Detroit Historical Society

1903

Detroit is the world’s largest manufacturer of heating and cooking stoves. Other big industries include ship building.Detroit is the world’s largest manufacturer of heating and cooking stoves. Other big industries include ship building.

Detroit Historical Society

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Detroit is the world’s largest manufacturer of heating and cooking stoves. Other big industries include ship building.Detroit is the world’s largest manufacturer of heating and cooking stoves.

Detroit Historical Society

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Detroit is the world’s largest manufacturer of heating and cooking stoves. Other big industries include ship building. Detroit is the world’s largest manufacturer of heating and cooking stoves. Other big industries include ship building.Detroit is the world’s largest manufacturer of heating and cooking stoves.

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Detroit is the world’s largest manufacturer of heating and cooking stoves.

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TODAY

Detroit is the world’s largest manufacturer of heating and cooking stoves. Other big industries include ship building.Detroit is the world’s largest manufacturer of heating and cooking stoves.

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Since our founding in 1903, Detroit Thermal has served many of the city’s landmark addresses, including GM Renaissance Center, Cobo Hall, Fox Theater, Detroit Medical Center, Ford Field, City of Detroit and Henry Ford Health System, among others—more than 30,000,000 square feet of office, medical, industrial and events facilities space in total.

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See Profiles of the businesses that Detroit Thermal serves — from Detroit mainstays to the small business that keep the city moving.

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