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Transmark Renewables applies for exploration licenses in the Netherlands

Typical windmill at Sloten, Friesland, Netherlands (source: flickr/ zilverbat, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 20 Aug 2012

Dutch development company Transmark Renewables has applied for two geothermal exploration licenses in Friesland and Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands, aimed at exploring the feasibility of geothermal electricity production in the country.

Last week, Dutch geothermal developer Transmark Renewable Products B.V., reported that it “has applied for two geothermal exploration licenses located in the Dutch provinces Friesland and Noord-Brabant. Starting with an extensive exploration study, which is expected to take approximately three years, Transmark Renewables should be able to assess the feasibility of geothermal electricity production in the Netherlands.

The applications of Transmark are valid from a depth of 4.000 meter; taking into account the expected temperature gradients of the specific areas, the required temperatures for electricity generation won’t be found at shallower depths.
The results of the feasibility study has to provide the answer if geothermal energy will be economical possible in the Netherlands.”

Today, geothermal is used for heating of many of the Dutch greenhouses, but not for electricity generation and as recently reported here fora district heating system in The Hague.

Source: company release