Tuesday, April 19, 2016

France: 172°F Geothermal Waters to Heat Disney Project

Geothermally Heated Villages Nature Paris Project on Track for 2017 Opening (Hotel News Resource)

100% of the site's heating requirement will be supplied by geothermal energy

Next spring, 14 years after being conceived by Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs and Euro Disney, Villages Nature Paris will open 20 miles east of Paris. The resort was one of the first projects to embrace the One Planet Living principles and to embed them into its concept, design and vision. Villages Nature Paris partners are aiming for net zero carbon impact from all energy use by 2020.

Upon opening, 100 percent of the heat demand (heating, hot water and the water for the Aqualagoon and outdoor lagoon) will be covered by geothermal energy. Compared to a natural gas solution, 9,000 tons of CO2 emissions will be avoided each year. Two wells were bored to a depth of 1,800 meters into the Dogger aquifer with water extracted from one well at 172°F, used to provide hot water centrally and then pumped back into the aquifer through the second well. The water will be distributed around the site in insulated pipes to provide heating and hot water for all of the houses and recreational facilities, including the Aqualagoon, as well as the neighboring Disneyland Paris theme parks and the Disneyland Hotel.

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