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Italian cooling technology company joins European geothermal research project

Lu-Ve Group cooling system in Belgium (source: company)
Alexander Richter 2 Aug 2020

Italian Lu-Ve has joined the EU-funded EASYGO geothermal research project, aiming to achieve higher performance in the cooling aspect in geothermal power generation.

Italian LU-VE Group, the world’s third-largest operator in the air heat exchanger sector, has joined the international research project “EASYGO – Efficiency and Safety in Geothermal Operations” which will deal with the development of geothermal electricity production technology.

The project, financed by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme with a EUR 3.4 million fund, represents an important opportunity for the company to deepen its knowledge of new technologies, the use of which allows the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in electricity production. In addition, it will allow LU-VE to further develop its Emeritus technology, a cooling device, patented and developed in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Milan, that achieves 400% higher performance than traditional dry ventilated exchangers, with significant energy saving and noise reduction.

The leader of the project, directed by researcher Maren Brehme, is TU Delft (Delft University of Technology), the largest and oldest public technical university in the Netherlands, working alongside three other universities (ETH Zurich, RWTH Aachen and the Polytechnic University of Milan) and 10 international industrial partners, including LU-VE Group.

Geothermal energy will play a key role in the energy transition process as part of climate change mitigation: in this regard, how to operate a geothermal system as efficiently and safely as possible is one of the key challenges. The goal of EASYGO is to answer this question from different perspectives, integrating geology, geophysics, geochemistry, advanced thermodynamic modeling, and process engineering.

“Since 1986, ahead of our time, we have applied a policy of research, development and technical innovation with a particular focus on environmental issues. Today, more than ever, there is an urgent need to develop environmentally sustainable technologies that reduce pollution while maintaining high levels of efficiency. For this reason, we are immensely proud to contribute to this important project by working alongside researchers and experts from all over Europe”, commented Iginio Liberali, President of LU-VE Group. “

“EASYGO represents an important opportunity for LU-VE, allowing us to deepen our knowledge of new green technologies that we can use for the development of our products.”

Source: Company release