“A milestone was reached”

At the Buchenhofen plant in the town of Wuppertal (Germany) Wupperverband operates a waste water treatment plant (WWTP) and a sludge incineration plant. There, operations buildings are already being heated with the excess heat from the combined heat and power plant (CHP) using an internal heat network.

As a part of the INNERS research project, a local heat network is being built and will be tested. What is new is that the excess thermal energy generated at Buchenhofen through the WWTP and the sewage sludge incineration plant can be used for heating surrounding Wupperverband properties (both laboratory and residential). Furthermore it can be offered to an industrial WWTP located beyond the river Wupper.

The implementation phase of our so called decentralized heat grid is rather finished as well as the connection of our industrial partner. At the beginning of the year 2014 a milestone was reached. Since start of the year the heat supply runs. As far as we are aware there have been no failures in the heating system and the staff was not cold. It’s finally winter…

For the next blog I would invite our partner VLARIO.

Best regards,
Catrin Bornemann, Wupperverband