TramStore21 Report: Building Sustainable and Efficient Tram Depots for Cities in the 21st Century – Solar Thermal Systems (2012)

This report compares experiences of solar thermal technology for the five benchmark tram depots of the TramStore21 project. For the project, five European partners – from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France and Italy – have worked since 2008 at pooling existing best practices and know-how for the construction of four benchmark tram depots.

As this report makes clear, solar thermal technology has been used to great effect in two of the tram depots – France's Grand Dijon and the Netherlands' RET – with the STIB depot in Belgium currently planning their own installation. After an introduction to solar thermal technology, the report continues to outline the experiences of each depot. The Grand Dijon installation has been particularly successful, with 150kg-250kg of CO2 emissions avoided annually by the collector per square metre. The RED has a smaller installation, which has so far proved sufficient to provide hot water for 8 showers daily.

The report is clear that there is no 'one-size-fits-all solution', with the individual characteristics of each depot having to be taken into account when planning solar thermal heating solutions. However, for the installations that have been observed, there are very little disadvantages, with only the size of the installation in Grand Dijon proving cumbersome.

Author: Tram Store 21

Date: 2012

Pages: 18

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