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France: Is This The New Solar District Heating Country?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 26, 2016
France District Heating ResultsAfter France had become involved in a couple of EU-supported projects as a newcomer, the country is now ready for take-off in the solar district heating (SDH) market. Monitoring data from the first two French pilot plants show performance to be quite good and the systems to be highly reliable. The chart depicting the performance of the 458 m2 evacuated tube collector field in Balma-Gramont was presented by Fabrice Renaud, Research Engineer in the R&D centre Cylergie at the French group Engie, during the 4th International Solar District Heating Conference in Billund, Denmark. There is also a new strategy document being devised to advance the development of SDH in the French region of Auvergne – Rhône-Alpes.
Chart: Engie Group
 

France: Third Solar District Heating Conference Call for Paper

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 3, 2015
BalmaAfter Denmark and Germany, it will now be France’s turn to host the Solar District Heating Conference. Researchers, as well as representatives from municipality utilities and solar thermal system suppliers will meet in Toulouse on 17 and 18 June 2015 to discuss international case studies, new business models and marketing strategies. The two-day event will consist of a mix of panel discussions, presentations by industry experts and site visits. In Toulouse, conference participants can visit the first French solar district heating plant, which is located in the eco-district of Balma and boasts 458 m² of vacuum tube collectors on a shade structure on top of a parking lot (see photo).
Photo: Viessmann/SDHplus
 

France: Solar District Heating with Energy Costs around 0.06 EUR/kWh

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 4, 2012

A new business and housing area in suburban Toulouse in southern France, called Balma-Gramont “eco-district”, will be connected to the country´s first solar-supported district heating network. Special vacuum tube collectors made in France and installed over a parking area are to provide 15 % of the heating in offices, ecologically built houses, shops, small businesses, schools and public utilities. The 300 kW solar field will supply heat to the houses and offer shade to the parking area.
Figure: SAED Sophia Energy

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