Eurovia announces 2 new positive-energy Power Road projects in France
While resurfacing the cinema car park in Feurs (Forez Est, central France) and modernising the heat and energy systems in 76 social housing units in Fleury sur Orne (Normandy), Eurovia is continuing to roll out its positive-energy road technology, Power Road®. In the first project, the energy produced by the system will be used to pre-heat swimming pool water; in the second, it will heat refurbished housing units.
Forez Aquatic, the swimming pool managed by the Forez Est local authority, needs a new source of renewable energy for the water-heating system. The Feurs facility operates in summer with a 50-metre outside pool (holding 2,345 m3 of water) and an outside teaching pool (holding 112 m3) at 28 °C. The integration of Power Road® on 750 m² of the adjacent cinema car park will help pre-heat the fresh water being fed into the pools, avoiding 16 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually from the main gas heating system.
As part of a programme to refurbish a social housing apartment block (1-room to 4-room apartments) Inolya, the largest social housing operator in Calvados, Normandy, selected Power Road® to equip 1,420 m² of roads in order to cover 75% of the heating and hot water needs of 61 apartments. This innovation will reduce CO2 emissions by 75%.
Power Road captures heat from the sun’s rays hitting the road surface using a solar thermal collector built into the road, combines with heat pump. It can then store this energy or feed it immediately into adjacent infrastructure.
Whether heating nearby buildings, removing snow and ice from roads in winter or helping to reduce the heat island effect, this multifunctional renewable energy process, which is 100% recyclable, is particularly useful for the local environment.