Singapore’s geothermal potential to be explored by group of German and Chinese scientists

Singapore’s geothermal potential to be explored by group of German and Chinese scientists Singapore, Marina Bay (source: flickr/ shayanlinux, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 9 Dec 2020

A group of German and Chinese scientists have received a grant for a project in Singapore that looks at how geothermal-driven technologies could be used for urban sustainable solutions.

The Munich School of Engineering (MSE) and the Geothermal-Alliance Bavaria (GAB) in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and TUM CREATE have been granted the funding of the Singapore tendered project “Geothermal-driven technologies for passive enabling of urban sustainability solutions”. The players are excited about this successful cooperation and looking forward to bringing along the joint research.

Singapore is a small but densely populated urbanized state with excellent geological conditions for favourable underground heat flows. This would put the state in a prime location for geothermal potential. The project aims to physically confirm Singapore’s hydrothermal potential by drilling a few near-surface and deep geothermal wells. The study focuses primarily on developing a better understanding of Singapore’s geology and assessing underground geothermal resources. This should strengthen the development of new technologies in the field of well drilling, heat extraction and conversion, such as electricity generation, cooling or drinking water production.

MSE and the GAB will play a facilitating role in key findings on the use of geothermal systems in dense urban built-up environments. Owing to proven track of previous researches, they bring extensive experience in dealing with energy systems, particularly in ORC, heat pumps and cooling systems, which will further be integrated in the collaborative project.

Source: Geothermal Alliance via TUM