Sustainability and outstanding architecture: Bolzano’s new thermal storage tower
In addition to becoming more environmentally friendly, Bolzano will soon boast a new architectural attraction in the form of a 43m high thermal storage tower belonging to Bolzano’s district heating provider, Ecotherm. The tower, illuminated with LED “drops”, will balance out peak thermal energy demand, making it possible to supply an additional 1,500 households (at the moment, the number stands at 3,500) with thermal energy using the heat recovered from the new waste utilisation plant in Bolzano Sud. With a load capacity of 5,850 m³ and a storage capacity of 230 MWh, it will be one of the largest thermal storage units in Italy, not to mention one of the most visually appealing. Works are going ahead at full speed, and should be finished by November 2016.