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Lacapelle Marival Renewable District Heating

Lacapelle-Marival, France
The medieval town that collectively switched to renewable heating
Lacapelle Marival Renewable District Heating
Lacapelle Marival Renewable District Heating
Lacapelle Marival Renewable District Heating
Lacapelle Marival Renewable District Heating
Lacapelle Marival Renewable District Heating
Lacapelle Marival Renewable District Heating
Lacapelle Marival Renewable District Heating
Lacapelle Marival Renewable District Heating
Lacapelle Marival Renewable District Heating
Lacapelle Marival Renewable District Heating
Lacapelle Marival Renewable District Heating

The municipality of Lacapelle-Marival was faced with a serious challenge. The village, situated between the rivers Lot and Dordogne, and surrounded by hills, vast forests, and green meadows realised that their dependency on fossil fuels for heating was not sustainable, nor economical. The financial (energy bills, maintenance) and the environmental (emissions, transportation) costs were skyrocketing. The city council decided to search for a smarter and more sustainable solution.

After consulting residents, local businesses and performing several studies, the committee decided to retrofit the municipality with a locally supplied district heating network. A wood combustion plant would be able to supply the town’s houses, offices, schools, a hotel and even its 16th century church.

Goals

Connecting the existing neighbourhood to a new district-heating grid was a challenge, and dealing with narrow streets and existing underground infrastructure (water, sewage, electricity, telecom) made it especially difficult.

The wood fired boiler will provide a secure heat supply to municipal buildings, retirement homes, schools, college, and 117 private houses, saving 30% on heating costs.

Highlighted the first magistrate of the county.

Results

Efficiency:

The transition from individual heating systems to a collective heating network, saves the end users 30% on their heating bills, according to conservative estimates.


Environmental:

The traditional fossil fuels used in the, often inefficient, individual heating systems, are now replaced by a single, highly efficient wood boiler. When wood is sourced from a sustainable plantation or forestry sector, it is mostly carbon-neutral as a tree absorbs as much carbon as it releases when burnt.

                  

By co-operating closely with the contractor and installer, the project was realized perfectly within time and budget. The use of flexible Flexalen pipes, tailor-made connections and reliable electrofusion welding technology, ensured a flawless installation with minimal disturbance for residents and the existing environment. In addition, Thermaflex assisted the designers in network dimensioning as the unique Flexalen features enable optimisation in regards to network design. This resulted in a more energy efficient distribution network, with a lower overall investment cost, and a quick return.

Organisations

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Additional Info

Want to know more? Check out the Article in "la Depeche"

Statistics
  • 117
  • private houses connected
  • 7
  • community buildings connected
  • 30 %
  • savings on heating costs
Duration
Contacts
Hubert Lhotellier
Project design and realization
Sub.: Thermaflex France
Hubert.lhotellier@thermaflex.fr
Address
46000 Lacapelle-Marival, France
32095cae 1328 472f b667 e0d9a8f46873

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