Gallery: Parisian Building Taps Metro System as a Heat Source


A low-income housing building in Paris is being sustainably renovated to utilize a very unique heating system — it will be literally drawing heat from Parisian commuters in the metro. Each passenger lets out about 100 watts of energy in body heat each time they enter and wait in the subway — couple that energy with the heat from moving and stopping trains, and the temperature in the underground railway stations is consistently higher than it is above ground. The new heating system will draw heat up from underground in much in the same way that geothermal projects do, providing energy to heat the building’s 17 apartments.

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