​Distributed Polygeneration: Barcelona Synchrotron Park Shares Its Experience
In order to reduce the environmental impact of its urban development, Barcelona Synchrotron Park has designed and built a centralized heating and cooling system based on high efficiency polygeneration technologies that allow the simultaneous production of electricity, heating and cooling distributed throughout the park. This approach helps reduce primary consumption and CO2 emission by 35% compared to conventional air-conditioning systems installed in each company.

The first planned polygeneration power plant has being operative since 2010. Public-private “Poligeneració Parc de l’Alba ST4 S.A.” company designed and built the plant and currently operates it. The plant produces the high quality electricity ALBA synchrotron requires and provides all companies from the park with heating and cooling.

Due to its experience acquired in this field, Barcelona Synchrotron Park has been invited to a workshop organized on June 22 by Granollers city council (Barcelona area), Granollers Mercat and Vallès Oriental waste-management consortium on the theme “Heating distribution in industrial areas based on residual heating and other renewable energy sources”.

This workshop offered an opportunity to share know-how and experiences and to answer key questions about legal, technical and economic issues that city councils have to face to set up this type of infrastructures. End-users and industrial consumers issues were also tackled during the meeting. 

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