Energy concept for the Prague Zoo
The essence of the feasibility study was to verify the technical and economic prerequisites for constructing the educational Energy Centre, which will demonstrate practical ways of using alternative energy sources. After examining the different options, the best solution was found to be combining the operation of a biogas plant with composting facilities and a biomass boiler house. The solution proposes that the biogas station uses the energy of organic materials of non-wood origin. Co-generation would transform valuable biogas energy into electricity and heat, which would be later used for the zoo’s needs. Wood trimmings and chips would then be burnt in a special boiler used for heat production. The proposed thermal output could cover the heat consumption of the new pavilions, which are under construction in the northern part of the zoo. In addition, the aim is to make the Energy Centre complex accessible to the public, and to show the zoo’s visitors how materials of organic origin in the zoo can be used in an environmentally friendly way.