Recovering heat to produce thermal energy

Major investment scheme in the Greek city of Florina will significantly increase local energy efficiency and benefit the environment.

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This initiative aims to recover the residual heat of the electricity power generation process in the Public Power Corporation’s Melitis steam electric station, and from oil and gas boilers, and use it for residential use, both heating buildings and hot water. The thermal energy will be transferred via superheated water, with the rated outgoing temperature to be 120 °C, while the return temperature will be between 50 °C and 70 °C. The total rated power system is 104 MWth (thermal megawatts).

In all, 2 534 buildings within the approved urban plan of Florina will be supplied with thermal energy, delivering thermal energy to and thus benefiting the 23 000 city residents.

An environment-friendly initiative boosting the local economy

Facilities to be built include: a thermal energy storage space; a pumping installation with three main pumping and distribution stations; two backup boilers; and a thermal substation with a two-pipe underground transport system and a distribution network, which will indirectly connect the selected buildings of Florina to the system.

This initiative will have a considerable, beneficial effect on the environment; thanks to heat and hot water no longer being produced by oil combustion, greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be cut by more than 88 %. Energy power will be saved by teleheating, with target value 70 MW. Furthermore, an expected 24 jobs will be created during the implementation of the project, and an estimated 280 upon completion.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Teleheating Florina” is EUR 70 458 305, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 48 175 161 from the Operational Programme “Environment and Sustainable Development” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under priority axis “Protection of the Atmospheric Environment – Tackling of Climate Change – Renewable Resources of Energy”.

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