A feasibility study is currently underway in Paris to provide geothermal heating for 20,000 apartments and offices in the new Canal-Aubervilliers district currently under development in the northeast of Paris. The Compagnie parisienne de chauffage urbain (CPCU), which manages hundreds of public buildings, hopes to capitalize on the very hot water (70 degrees C) which lies 1,200 metres underground.
“Around 49 to 50 percent of the heating produced in Paris already comes from waste incinerators and not fossil fuels like petrol,” said the CPCU, quoted in an article in Le Parisien. The geothermal well would be located on the edge of the boulevard périphérique and the Saint-Denis canal in the 19th arrondissement and is expected to be operational by 2011 or 2012.
The CPCU also hopes to drill another site in Ivry-sur-Seine, just south of Paris. “We are also looking at a system which would allow us to inject into the sub-soil the excesses of summertime heat,” it said.
via Le Parisien