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Green Epile: Development and implementation of a new generation of energy piles

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Project "GREEN EPILE" data sheet

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address: 48 RUE JULES VERNE
postcode: 35300
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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.3. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Secure, clean and efficient energy)
2. H2020-EU.2.1.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT))
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-05-01   to  2016-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ENTREPRISES PINTO SAS FR (FOUGERES) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

The buildings sector represents 40% of the European Union’s (EU) total energy consumption, with heating/cooling systems accounting for up to 68%. The major part of this demand is still covered using fossil fuels and CO2 emissions from this sector represents 36% of the EU’s total. Reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency in buildings is today a prime objective according to the new EU directives. In line with these new regulations, shallow geothermal applications for heating/cooling of buildings have experimented lastly an expansion. The global geothermal heat pumps market revenue in 2013 was €49 billion and is estimated to reach €115.4 billion by the end of 2020, with a progressive CAGR of 13.1%. Europe accounts for almost 50% of this market. Pinto, a French company with more than 40 years of experience in the field of special foundations, has developed the Green Epile project on energy piles. Energy piles are an integration of heat exchanger pipes with structural foundations. They are a double purpose structure, as they are used simultaneously to withstand the construction load and to obtain thermal heat from the underground. Our working prototype has already covered 100% of the heating/cooling needs during the test period, supplying around 22000kWh/year. With the Green Epile project we plan on one hand to reduce the current design & installation costs by 30% and on the other to increase the guaranteed exploitation period up to 25 years. Boreholes, which are currently the competitive solution in the market, require a higher initial investment and need place for the installation, while energy piles remain invisible in the foundations of the building. We will start introducing our technology in the national market because it is one of the strongest ones in Europe: it represents the 25% with €238 Million in 2008. We will also target emergent markets (like Romania or Bulgaria) which will suppose the internationalisation of our company.

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