French Polynesia

Date: 1/6/2006

Marlon Brando fell in love with French Polynesia while filming Mutiny on the Bounty in 1965. Brando was a great defender of the environment and was well versed in energy technologies. With this in mind, the owner of the new luxury Intercontinental Resort & Thalasso Spa at Boro Boro, Richard Bailey, has used deep sea water for air conditioning the hotel. This has been achieved by the complete deployment of a 2.4 km pipe to a depth of 915 metres on the reef making it the deepest pipe in the world. Super cold deep sea water is pumped through a titanium heat exchanger; this transfers the cold into the fresh water circuit that carries the air conditioning throughout the hotel. This system saves 90% of the hotel’s electricity consumption for air-conditioning, which represents 2.5 million litres of fuel oil per year, is perfectly clean, and has no impact on the environment. The returned water is routed to a depth of 60m to avoid hurting the fish and coral.

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