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Bessieres, France Launches Twenty-Five Acres of Cogeneration Greenhouses

Ten hectares (108,000 square feet), thousands of cubic meters of displaced earth, enormous engines, intense activity. We are here: the construction site of the greenhouses that will be heated by the residual vapors of Bessieres, France’s Incinerator has been launched. It’s in the process of a few weeks of landscaping, after which the 7-meter-high (roughly 23 feet)

Tomato greenhouse

Ten hectares (108,000 square feet), thousands of cubic meters of displaced earth, enormous engines, intense activity. We are here: the construction site of the greenhouses that will be heated by the residual vapors of Bessieres, France's Incinerator has been launched. It's in the process of a few weeks of landscaping, after which the 7-meter-high (roughly 23 feet) glass cathedrals will emerge from the ground. A first module will be built, then a second, and finally a third. The project, carried out privately by Gilles Brifaud, is financially supported by Ademe, the Mid-Pyrenees region, Econotre and Suez. Gigantic, it stands on land sold by the city "at a special price for an exceptional project," assures Mayor Jean-Luc Raysseguier.

More than 100,000 square meters (roughly 25 acres) of greenhouses that will ultimately stand behind the incinerator. The latter will provide the necessary energy for heating. This is the principle of cogeneration. Econotre has committed to 2.5 million Euros in project work, but it seems worth it. "It's an energy economy that is estimated today at 28,350 megawatt hours, including around 2,835,000 liters of fuel and 6,350 tons of carbon dioxide which will not be emitted every year. There are zero emissions since the plants will be recycled into green waste. We are already imagining a contiguous structure for this," the Mayor announced.

Hydroponic Tomatoes

Generating 5,000 Tons of Tomatoes Per Year

Production will begin at the beginning of 2016. "At a time when we import 558,000 tons of tomatoes per year to France, and when the MIN (train station market) of Toulouse also displays a need, we can say that we have invested properly in doing everything to make this installation possible, since the greenhouses will provide 5,000 tons of tomatoes per year," reaffirms Jean-Luc Raysseguier. Ultimately, 18 million euros will have been invested in this large site, a project that is obviously well-studied since it's already coming up with an annual turnover of more than 7 million euros.

Do you know of any interesting cogeneration projects? Are there any cogeneration projects occurring in your community? Share your thoughts and your city's stories in the comments area below. 

Original article, originally published in French on La Depeche, here.

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Bora Mici has a background in design and online writing. Most recently, she has worked as an online contributor for DC Mud, Patch.com, GoodSpeaks.org and WatchingAmerica.com, covering urban planning and visual and performing arts in the Washington, D...

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