The CPCU (Compagnie Parisienne de Chauffage Urbain) inaugurated the conversion of the boiler in Saint-Ouen to biomass on March 10, 2016. This represents the largest heating network in France to have converted to biomass, and reached 50% of RE & R.
According to the CPCU, the project meets the ambitions of Climate Energy Plan Territorial of the City of Paris and the Ile-de-France region. The goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 25%, and to power the equivalent of 500,000 homes by renewable heat, a third of collective accommodation of the city of Paris.
The new biomass will be channeled through “soft path”, that is to say without recourse to road transport, a significant improvement when it comes to reducing carbon emissions. It is 140 000 tons of pellets to be so consumed each year, and the buildings have undergone evolution to respond to this change: adaptation of buildings unloading and storage, railways for train arrival, new conveyor galleries for fuel boiler.
The project increased to 75 million euros, was 50% funded by the European Investment Bank, and allows renewable energy and recovery go more than 50% of the energy mix CPCU.
In order to integrate the site to the local urban landscape, architectural effort was made, as shown in the photos below.