Energie Wasser Luzern (ewl) has announced the construction of a new See-Energie line to supply Neustadt with heat generated by energy from Lake Lucerne.

Construction of the new ewl line, as part of the ecological heating and cooling system See-Energie, will begin in early May 2022, with the construction site and installation taking place on Frankenstra├če.

In the last phase of this expansion, up to 3,700 households in the center of Lucerne can be supplied with environmental energy, which will reduce CO2 emissions with 5500 tons per year.

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To this end, ewl is building the line from the basement of Lucerne station via Frankenstrasse to Seidenhofstrasse and from Hirschmattstrasse via Viktoriaplatz and Pilatusstrasse.

The forthcoming construction activities will provide an opportunity for the development of ewl See energy in the Neustadt area.

Phased plan for expanding the See-Energie network. Courtesy of ewl.

It is not yet clear where the regional headquarters will be located, which allows the properties to be connected to the lake’s energy network. ewl is currently evaluating several sites for this.

“With the continued expansion of See-Energie-Netz, ewl wants to use local resources sustainably and consciously and actively contribute to the energy transition in the city of Lucerne,” said Patrick Rust, ewl’s chief executive, in a statement.

In the final phase, up to 3,700 households in central Lucerne can be supplied with energy from the lake. This corresponds to about 30 GWh of energy per year.

The first buildings around the station already receive ecological energy from the lake. The Tribschen district is also currently being developed with the help of See-Energie.

ewl leverages lake Lucerne to heat up Neustadt

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