The tourist resort Ombria Resort, under construction in the municipality of Loulé, will invest 2 million euros in the installation of one of the largest geothermal systems in the Iberian Peninsula, which will be completed in late 2021.
This innovative system will respond to the needs of indoor heating and cooling, the production of hot water and the heating of the water in the pools of the resort.
The project includes the 5-star hotel Viceroy at Ombria Resort, 65 tourist apartments for sale (Viceroy Residences), restaurants, conference center, the golf course clubhouse and a spa, among other facilities.
“Given its size, this is a unique and innovative project within the scope of the use of geothermal heat pumps in Portugal”, emphasizes Ombria Resort, in a statement.
The resort's pioneering low-depth geothermal system uses the difference between air temperature and stable soil temperature, which, with the help of reversible heat pumps, generates renewable energy that is used for climate control of indoor environments (heating in winter , cooling in summer), providing hot water and heating swimming pools throughout the year, safely and responsibly.
“The advantages of this energy with a renewable, clean source and available 24 hours a day, are significant: low CO2 emissions, it is completely risk-free for the community and allows to reduce energy costs for the owners of the Viceroy Residences apartments”, highlights the enterprise, in a statement.
The Ombria Resort is already a national reference for the application of this type of geothermal energy as a renewable energy, in line with the European challenges and targets outlined by 2030, which refer to objectives of 27% increase in energy efficiency and energy consumption from renewable sources and a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases.
The construction works for the first phase of the Ombria Resort, located seven kilometers north of Loulé, represent an investment of 100 million euros and will be completed in early 2022.
The completion of the installation of the geothermal system will be completed a few months earlier.