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Geothermal Provides Heat, Hot Water to 12,000 French Homes, Businesses

October 23, 2012 By Linda Hardesty

The French town of Maisons-Alfort, a suburb of Paris, is working with Centrax to install a new gas turbine generator package to support its geothermal heating and hot water system available from rocks beneath the Paris basin. The agreement is between Centrax and the Joint Geothermal Syndicate comprised of the town and its social housing association.

After 12 years of operation, the old Centrax package, which was installed in 1999 has been removed and replaced by a new 5.3 MW indoor unit: the CX501-KB7 generator set. The new unit will complement the geothermal installation to feed a district heating system providing heating and hot water needs to more than 12,000 residential homes and apartments as well as a university, schools and other businesses in the area.

To accommodate the new unit, Centrax is removing the old package as well as making modifications to the building and the ductwork.

The Joint Geothermal Syndicate chose Dalkia as site operator. The new facility will be operational by November 1.

According to Engineer Live, this is the tenth such package in France to be replaced by UK-based Centrax, stemming from the French government’s program to replace co-generation equipment that is more than 12 years old.



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