The carbon neutral Luminus Arena: work is moving forward!

In June 2016, EDF Luminus and KRC Genk announced their collaboration to make the Luminus Arena CO22-neutral by 2020. The two first phases of the work were completed in 2017.

   The Luminus Arena                                                                                  The new, latest-generation condensation boiler

 

 

The first phase, automating the heating system, took place between December 2016 and March 2017. Specifically, the works carried out during this period comprised:

  • the replacement of two atmospheric gas boilers by latest generation condensation boilers that consume two times less,
  • the automation of heating for the pitch, offices, fitness room and the players’ clubhouse , and the replacement of the pumps with smart circulating pumps..

These works enable heating to be programmed according to the schedule for use, and to regulate the temperatures of each room individually. In terms of CO2 reduction, this first phase and the changeover to a green energy contract have resulted in a savings of 460 tonnes of CO2.

The second phase of the works, covering the automation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, was carried out from April to June 2017. This work included:

  • the automation of the ventilation in the “North Corner” and the “South Corner”, which are now optimised based on the occupancy of the stadium and the level of CO2 in the rooms,
  • the automation of the ventilation in the “North Corner” and the “South Corner”, which are now optimised based on the occupancy of the stadium and the level of CO2 in the rooms,
  • the automation of the radiant tube heaters in the corridors and the installation of smart sensors that enable the perceived temperature to be measured;
  • the implementation of an intelligent technical management system for the building that enables the management, monitoring and optimisation in real time of the heating, ventilation and cooling of the stadium.

The second phase enabled a savings of 113 tonnes of CO2. In total, the works carried out in 2017 have resulted in a 52% reduction in total emissions.

 

The next phase will involve the installation of 400 solar panels on the stadium roof. It will be carried out in 2018 by EDF Luminus subsidiary Dauvister, which specialises in the installation of photovoltaic panels.