The “Athletes Village” outside of Paris is getting a new heating and cooling network • A heating network in Brest continues to expand • New subscribers to the heat network in Moulins (Allier) • Read more about the developments in sustainable heating and cooling in this month's news update from France
The “Athletes’ village” for the Olympic games that will host athletes for the duration of the games, will receive a new heating and cooling network that will be connected to the current network of the EPT Plaine municipality. This 70-km network, with a capacity of 360 GWh, is the second largest in the Paris region. It extends over the municipalities of Saint-Denis, Ile-Saint-Denis, Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, Aubervilliers and Stains. Its basic energy source, biomass, currently provides 56% of renewable energy.
In the summer of 2023, a new 10-km network, running through the village’s underground passages, will be added to the existing network. It will supply the athletes’ village, the Pleyel Tower and the ZAC des Lumières Pleyel, i.e. 600,000 m2 of buildings. The advantage of this project is that it can benefit from a geothermal energy supply with a rate of 66%. By 2024, local and renewable energy will be used to power the Athletes’ Village. This large-scale work was signed in 2020 by three entities namely: Solideo, Smirec and Engie Solutions.
At the end of the games in 2024, the cold will also be used to cool the premises to reduce the installation of individual air conditioning systems. The network’s interest does not stop there. It will also supply energy to the future hotel in the Pleyel Tower, which is being renovated. The total amount of the investments amounts to 26.8 million euros excluding tax.
The heating network in Brest continues to grow. It allows buildings to be heated thanks to waste treatment. A great tool to preserve the climate and reduce energy bills.
Brest has one of the largest networks in Brittany, along with that of Rennes. Created in 1988, 75% of the network is supplied by the incineration of household waste at the Spernot plant, which serves part of northern Finistère (about 400,000 inhabitants). 15% are produced just next door, in a biomass boiler room that burns wood coming from farms and tree pruners in Central Brittany.
October 10, 2022 will be the starting point for the extension of the Brest heating network in Kerabecam Street, near the Morvan Hospital. By 2025, three parking lots are planned with a total of 200 spaces and an estimated cost of 4.2 million euros.
Boosted by the fossil fuel crisis, the heating network of the city of Moulins is attracting new subscribers.
Today, Engie Solutions, the delegate of the City of Moulins in charge of managing the heating network, no longer needs to prospect for new customers. With the energy crisis, there is no need to convince people of the merits of wood heating, which is right up there with the times, with its more stable cost and less environmental impact.
Beyond the protection of the environment, 6,000 inhabitants will benefit from a control of their energy bill in the southern district of Moulins: the tenants of Moulins Habitat (in collective or individual housing), the residential areas, the public buildings, and recently the Saint Odilon clinic which has also connected to the network
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