Luminus Solutions, Vanparijs Engineers and Center Parcs have joined forces to make the De Vossemeren holiday resort in Lommel even more sustainable. For this purpose, a combined heat and power plant (CHP) was installed, which heats the subtropical swimming pool in a sustainable manner.
The sustainable ambitions of Center Parcs
The holiday resorts of Center Parcs have been a standard in the recreational sector for short and long holidays close to home for more than 50 years. Cottages surrounded by nature, a subtropical swimming paradise Aqua Mundo, a covered Market Dome and a large range of indoor and outdoor activities, all ingredients are there for an active but certainly also sustainable holiday.
Erwin Dezeure, CSR Director of Center Parcs: “Center Parcs cares about people and nature and wants to play a pioneering role in the field of sustainability. Center Parcs provides all kinds of "green" facilities, such as energy-efficient equipment, smart thermostats and water-saving shower heads. But Center Parcs also uses the latest technologies in the indoor Market Dome and the subtropical swimming pool Aqua Mundo to minimize the environmental impact. The installation of new cogeneration fits in with this philosophy.”
Efficient production of local heat and electricity
Vanparijs Engineers, a subsidiary of Luminus Solutions, installed a 635 kWe CHP unit at De Vossemeren holiday resort. The installation produces electricity for the central complex, or the Market Dome. The heat from the engine and the flue gases is recovered and used for heating the subtropical swimming paradise Aqua Mundo.
“We are happy that we can help Center Parcs De Vossemeren with the installation of a CHP to reduce their CO2 footprint. With this CHP unit, Center Parcs reduces its CO2 emissions by no less than 490 tons. This corresponds to the annual CO2 emissions of around 49 families. Moreover, a heat buffer was installed so that the excess heat is not lost, "says Tomas Geeraert, Sales Account Manager at Vanparijs Engineers.
The project in De Vossemeren serves as a pilot project for Belgium. The ambition of Center Parcs is to equip also the other Belgian resorts of the group with sustainable energy generation. A second CHP is currently being installed at Sunparks in De Haan and Vanparijs Engineers is also conducting preliminary studies in the other parks of the group.
The installations are 100% funded by Power2Green, the investment leg of Luminus, and are designed and built by subsidiary Vanparijs Engineers, which will also guarantee proper operation and maintenance afterwards. This way Center Parcs will be assured of energy-efficient electricity and heat production for the next 10 years without additional costs, risks or administration.