Ecotourism In Corsica: Geothermal Energy At Riva Bella
Ecotourism and geothermal energy
Ground-source heat pumps use the earth's energy to provide heating and hot water for an apartment building, business premises or public places.
Underground collectors extract the natural heat energy from the earth and redistribute it to the surface. The pump uses very little electrical power and can supply a complete air and water heating circuit. The heat can be captured directly from the earth, deep underground, or from the water of a natural body of water, which is pumped and then re-injected.
The two on-site heat pumps heat the thalassotherapy centre via the underfloor heating system, supply hot water to the bar and restaurant and a complete sanitary block as well as the seawater circuit pool and the centre's hydromassage baths.
The Riva Bella thalasso's entire air treatment plant also runs on geothermal energy: a green choice that is in line with a sustainable development approach and the control of local resources.
The advantages of geothermal energy
Among the many advantages linked to the use of geothermal energy, there are 5 essential points to remember:
A reduced impact on the environment : geothermal heat pumps are incomparable to highly polluting oil and coal-fired boilers. They use a renewable and local resource. They are also less polluting than gas-fired boilers, which are responsible for significant CO² emissions.
A reduction in bacterial risks : the reversibility of the systems makes it possible to avoid installing air-cooling equipment, thus controlling the health risk of legionnaire's disease.
Less dangerous maintenance operations : technical monitoring, handling and repairs of geothermal heating systems do not constitute a risk comparable to that of gas installations.
The very low electricity consumption of the heat pump : the operation of the pump requires a very small amount of electricity, which is offset by its high performance.
A general reduction in costs : the installation of a geothermal system represents a significant saving in the order of 75% for Riva Bella.
The natural, local and renewable energy resource is at your disposal!