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Büsingen: First German ground-mounted solar district heating plant in operation
On 25 July 2013, the solar district heating plant of Büsingen in Germany was inaugurated.

 

The plant in Büsingen is the first solar district heating plant with a ground-mounted collector field in Germany: Indeed, if 100 m² of the Ritter XL vacuum-tube collectors could be installed on the central biomass heat station, the further 1000 m² found their place as two 500 m² fields north and south of the heat station. Thanks to the combination of this solar thermal plant and the biomass boiler, the new district heating net delivers 100% renewable heat to 100 buildings. Solar heat will cover 11 % of the total yearly heat demand.

 

This renewable district heating makes Büsingen a ‘Bioenergiedorf’ (bioenergy village), a village which covers most of its own electricity and heat demand with regional renewable sources. Until now, the local renewable source used for heat production in bioenergy villages in Germany was biomass, which makes Büsingen the first of a new kind where the summer heat demand is covered by solar thermal energy. Since biomass prices are increasing, this combination of resources for bioenergy villages represents a great development potential for solar district heating.
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