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06/02/2013 | News, Newsletter February 2013
SAED solar thermal collectors will provide heat for a district heating net in the south of France
The building phase of the solar districtheating of Juvignac in southern France will start in a few weeks. Cofely Services, subsidiary of GDF SUEZ in charge of the project selected SAED (Sophia Antipolis Energie Développement) to provide the solar thermal collectors.

The new low-energy district of Juvignac, situated near Montpellier in the south of France, will be provided with heat from a 80% renewable energy district heating net.  The heat will be produced by a 1.4 MW biomass boiler and 600 m² high-temperature solar collectors.

SAED, together with CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) developed a thermal collector technology that makes it possible to generate heat at high temperatures: in Juvignac it is planned to be able to feed in the net at 130 °C. Moreover, the solar collectors will stay cost effective.

‘This market is still an emerging market in France but it is already well developed in other European countries and it is a very promising market worldwide’,
says Franck S. Giaoui, recently appointed Managing Director by SAED Shareholders Meeting.

‘Cofely Services has decided to choose SAED to provide solar thermal collectors,because the SAED’s high temperature technology suits perfectly to district heating needs combined with biomass plants’,
says Patrick Nigon, Development Manager, Cofely Services Sud Ouest.

The renewable and nonpolluting solar energy can substitute fossil energies for district heating. The reduction of CO2 emissions are estimated around 11 000 tons/year. This new solar district heating net will be in operation before summer 2013.

Sources: SAED, Cofely Services

 

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