Engie inaugurates biomass boiler at French district heating plant

By Erin Voegele | July 14, 2017

In France, Engie recently announced the inauguration of a 26.5 MW biomass boiler unit at a district heating plant that serves 40,000 housing units located in four municipalities, including the city of Saint-Denis and towns of Stains, Pierrefitte and L’Ile-Saint-Denis.

According to Engie, the biomass boiler has been on-stream on October 2016. The district heating network, known as Plaine Commune Energie, includes nearly 60 kilometers of buried pipes and 400 delivery points. The company noted the system is the second largest district heating network in France.

A statement released by Engie indicates the Plaine Commune system currently operates with more than 50 percent renewable energy. Use of biomass at the facility reduces carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 56,000 metric tons per year, the equivalent to the annual emissions of 25,000 vehicles.