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Integrating cities with geothermal energy and heat storage

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Carlo Cariaga 20 Mar 2019

High-temperature aquifer thermal systems complement geothermal heating in urban areas by providing load transfer and redundancy, according to a talk by Martin Bloemendal in this year's DAP Symposium.

In a talk given by Martin Bloemendal at the Delft Aardwarmte Project (DAP) Symposium, he emphasized how high-temperature aquifer thermal systems (HT-ATES) can complement geothermal heating in urban areas. This year’s DAP Symposium was held on March 15, 2019, with the theme “Integrating cities with geothermal energy”.

According to Bloemendal, HT-ATES can be used to provide load shifting, backup/redundancy, and maximum utilization of geothermal heat. This will solve heating problems in urban areas where sustainable sources of heat are scarce. The Netherlands is especially equipped to explore this solution because of vast Dutch experience with low-temperature ATES systems and fresh water storage in saline aquifers.

The DAP foundation was formed in 2008 by students and alumni at the department of Geoscience and Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). DAP seeks to promote the use of geothermal energy for heating and energy production in the Netherlands by generating and disseminating knowledge for research, education, and development.

Source: KWR