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Yes, geothermal energy is cheaper (and cleaner) than gas – so a study for France

Think GeoEnergy Summary Who said that geothermal energy is expensive? … so a question asked and answered in a news piece by the EU-funded GeoEnvi project. The project has the objective to make sure that deep geothermal energy can play its role in Europe’s future energy supply in an...

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The buildings heated by human warmth

BBC Summary This seven-storey corner building’s milky white facade blends in well with its neighbours on Rue de Beaubourg, in the heart of Paris. The area is known for its more conspicuous occupants – just a short stroll away is the Centre Pompidou, a contemporary museum and an extravagant...

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Drilling for geothermal heating project launched in Vélizy near Paris, France

Think GeoEnergy Summary Work on a geothermal heating project has been kicked off with the start of drilling at Vélizy-Villacoublay (Yvelines) on the outskirts of Paris, France near Versailles. Within a year, Vélizy will have its geothermal station, to heat the equivalent of 12,000 homes....

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Is burning rubbish a sustainable landfill alternative?

Institution of Mechanical Engineers Summary Perhaps unsurprisingly, the country has one of the cleanest records in the world when it comes to this particular metric. The UK and France, by comparison, send a respective 28% and 22% of their collected refuse to landfill sites, where it...

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Savosolar inks contract to deliver solar thermal system won in French tender

Renewables Now Summary Finland’s Savosolar Oyj has finalised the agreement with French energy group NewHeat SAS for the turn-key delivery of a solar thermal field for district heating in Narbonne, France. The solar thermal systems builder secured the contract in a tender in which it was...

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Two Wells for Geothermal Heat Project Successfully Drilled in Champs-sur-Marne

Think GeoEnergy Summary The Champs-sur-Marne geothermal district heating project in the greater Paris area of France has successfully concluded its drilling campaign and confirmed the resources with construction for the heating plant now underway. The urban community of Paris – Vallée...

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GéoAtlantic – a European Geothermal Energy Meeting in Bordeaux

Think GeoEnergy Summary On Tuesday, February 18 at the Cité du vin de Bordeaux, around fifty European geothermal players gathered to discuss innovations and projects as part of the 7th International GeoAtlantic Meeting . The opportunity for Bordeaux Métropole to shine thanks to the city’s...

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ENGIE Solutions Chosen to Assist the Development of Rennes Métropole's North Vilaine district heating system

Engie Press Release Summary The Rennes Métropole North and East network extension and interconnection project is part of its Territorial Climate, Air and Energy Plan, which aims to increase the region's energy independence. To do this, an ambitious network development programme will be...

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Paris to Expand District Cooling Network as Global Warming Boosts Aircon

Reuters Summary Paris plans to expand its urban cooling system, which uses a network of underground water pipes, and make it available to small companies and residential buildings as global warming increases the number of aircon units in the city, deputy mayor Jean-Louis Missika said on...

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Parisian community recognised for its geothermal heating network

Alexander Richter, Think GeoEnergy Summary The community of Meaux in the Paris area in France has received a distriction as “ecorésau de Chaleaur” (loosely translated as “ecological heating network”). The municipality of Meaux received the label “Ecoréseau de chaleur”, awarded by the...