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21/01/2011 | News, Newsletter February 2011
Italy towards the first experiences on solar district heating

Thanks to the participation of AIRU (Italian District Heating Association) and Ambiente Italia in the SDHtake-off project, Italy could be able to install, in a couple of years, the first solar thermal plants connected to district heating networks.

The big utility Hera is planning the extension of its district heating grid in Ferrara through a “renewable energy hub”, including geothermal and about 2 MWth of solar thermal collectors. Furthermore, the local utility “Geo Energy Service srl”, operating in Tuscany, is assessing the feasibility of one or two small solar thermal plants for integration into existing geothermal steam powered district heating grids. “The diversification and the use of local energy sources is of utmost importance for utilities operating district heating grids” says Franco Buscaroli, Head of the “Integrated District Heating” working group in AIRU. “Among these sources, solar thermal is undoubtedly for Italy one of the most interesting and promising options”. On the Italian website of the SDHtake-off project, updates on these developments will be always reported.

For more information: riccardo.battisti@ambienteitalia.it

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