Launch of the heat capture project for Constellium aluminum foundries for domestic use in France
A project between the European value-added aluminum company Constellium NV, the city of Issoire and Dalkia to recover heat from the aluminum company’s foundry activities and convert it for use in homes and businesses from the city.
The Energ’Iss heating network project was launched on Thursday with the signing of an agreement by representatives of the three parties during a visit to the proposed site. Constellium and the City of Issoire affirm that the project meets their objective of finding sustainable and economically sound solutions.
Bertrand Barraud, mayor of Issoire, underlined the importance of the project in a related press release.
“The City of Issoire is committed to the energy transition thanks to this technologically innovative partnership that respects the environment. This project strengthens the close links between our city and its economic fabric and contributes to the influence of the entire region. Our heating network, through the energy savings it generates, is a message of hope for future generations.
Stéphane Corre, director of the Constellium plant in Issoire, said the project was an important proof of concept for cooperation between private companies and local communities.
“We are very proud of our contribution to this ambitious project and of being able to provide solutions that support our community and the environment. CO2 reduction is a priority for Constellium and for our communities, and such projects demonstrate the benefits of public-private collaboration.
Jérôme Aguesse, regional director of Dalkia for the Center-Est region of France, said the project is an important step for sustainable development.
“We are proud of the confidence placed in us by the City of Issoire and Constellium for this sustainable heating network project, which will make it possible to achieve a rarely equaled rate of 90% of renewable and recovered energy. Through its dedicated company Energ’Iss, Dalkia has been able to offer innovative technical solutions to develop green energies in Issoire. The success of this project will help make Issoire a national benchmark for sustainable development.
Constellium, based in Amsterdam, was founded in 1855 as Henri Merle et Compagnie and subsequently renamed Pechiney in 1950. Pechiney was bought by Alcan in 2003, which was bought by Rio Tinto in 2007. In 2011, Rio Tinto sold Alcan Engineered Products to Apollo Management (51%) and FSI (10%). Constellium manufactures rolled and extruded aluminum products from various alloys, generating sales of 4.9 billion euros in 2020.