Advances in sustainability. In Crete, IDOM presented the geothermal network district project for Madrid Nuevo Norte.
On February 22 and 23, the First General Assembly of the PROBONO project was held in Crete, Greece. This innovative project, which aims to design and implement solutions for urban regeneration that are scalable and meet the sustainability standards set by the European Green Pact, is co-funded by the European Commission, within the H2020 program, and has the participation of 46 partners from 13 different nationalities, including IDOM.
To test the feasibility of the project, six districts called Living LABs have been selected in European cities, and their objectives will include a positive energy balance and zero carbon emissions.
As part of the consortium, IDOM is responsible for the design of the geothermal district network corresponding to the Madrid Living LAB, in which ACCIONA, Crea Madrid Nuevo Norte, formerly Distrito Castellana Norte, and the Madrid City Council, among others, also participate.
The geothermal district network designed by IDOM is low-temperature and completely below ground, which makes it an environmentally friendly option, with no visual or acoustic impact on the city and with the capacity for organic growth. As part of the project, a pilot section is planned to be built based on the conceptual proposal IDOM presented for Madrid Nuevo Norte two years ago.
At the General Assembly in Crete, Clara Guzmán and Toño Villanueva, representatives of IDOM, presented the progress in the design of the network. It is important to note that the project for the implementation of the geothermal exchange modules and the thermal distribution network itself has already been completed and delivered.
This project also involves the cities of Aarhus, Prague, Porto, Brussels and Dublin, making it a truly international and collaborative initiative. We are very proud to be part of this project, and to contribute to building a more sustainable future.