Hydropower museum Fala in Slovenia heated by waste heat
The iconic 100-year-old hydropower plant museum of Fala (Slovenia) is getting a sustainability revamp and will shortly be heated via a fully fledge low-temperature waste heat recovery system, utilizing waste heat from the nearby hydropower plant. The Slovenian CE HEAT pilot project was presented at the fourth expert meeting of local energy managers, titled “Sustainable Energy Locally”, on September 18, 2018 in Ljubljana.
The operating company DEM states that the commitment to energy efficiency and preservation of cultural heritage demanded new approaches to maintain the hydropower museum.
»As part of the CE HEAT project, financed by Interreg CE programme, we have started to develop an implementation plan for a waste heat recovery system that will boost the energy efficiency as well as significantly improve comfort levels at the Fala museum. We are now adjusting the heating system of the museum space in a way that the waste heat is fully utilized and further enriched using appropriate technology. «
DEM has now entered the systems implementation phase, upgrading its aggregate 1 generator cooling system with the installation of a suitable heat pump, and installing a water heating system with a storage tank.
Economic indicators show that the heating costs will be reduced by 60-70% and the investment will return over a period of 6 years, which is also confirmed by the developed business model for waste heat recovery in hydroelectric power plants.