Tuesday, June 7, 2016

France: 24 MWth Rittershoffen Geothermal Power Plant Inaugurated

Roquette inaugurating the Rittershoffen deep geothermal power plant (News Release)

Électricité de Strasbourg, Roquette and the Caisse des Dépôts inaugurate the first deep geothermal plant for industrial use

Ségolène Royal, the French Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, responsible for International Climate Relations, has inaugurated the Rittershoffen deep geothermal power plant.

The plant was built by Électricité de Strasbourg, Roquette and the Caisse des Dépôts with the financial backing of the ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, represented by its Chairman, Bruno Léchevin, and the Region, represented by Philippe Richert, President of the Regional Council of Alsace Champagne Ardenne Lorraine.

The Rittershoffen deep geothermal power plant is the first of its kind in the world, a model of energy transition and environmental strategy, which opens up important new possibilities for regional and national development. It is the first power plant to use steam from geothermal water to provide energy to an industrial site, in this case the Roquette Group in Beinheim. Water is brought up from a depth of 2,500 m at a temperature of 165°C. The heat is then removed from the water, which is injected back to the same source. The energy is therefore 100% renewable, constant and fully energy-efficient.

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