Southern European Weather
The district heating and cooling network in Alcalá de Henares (Spain) covers the building of CEPSA’s R&D centre. The building has laboratories, state-of-the-art machinery and pilot plants capable of reproducing the processes that CEPSA carries out at their production centres, mainly in refining and chemicals.
Spain is one of the most attractive countries in Europe for developing solar energy due to the amount of sunlight available. The direct normal irradiation in Alcalá de Henares is 1980 kWh/m2 year, which makes the concentrated solar technology a promising solution to cover the heating demand of buildings, as well as the cooling demand through absorption chillers.
Furthermore, due to availability of local biomass sources, biomass boilers will become part of the technological design.