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Geosciences 2018, 8(1), 32; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8010032

Generalized Pan-European Geological Database for Shallow Geothermal Installations

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GeoZentrum Nordbayern, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Schlossgarten 5, 91054 Erlangen, Germany
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Department of Geosciences, Universita degli Studi di Padova, Via Gradenigo 635131 Padova, Italy
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Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving, 19th km Marathonos Ave, 19009 Pikermi Attiki, Greece
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SUPSI, Stabile Le Gerre, Manno 6928, Switzerland
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SLR Environmental Consulting (Ireland) Limited (SLR), 7 Dundrum Business Park, Windy Arbour 14, D14 N2Y7 Dublin, Ireland
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GEO-GREEN sprl, Rue de Priesmont 63, 1495 Marbais, Belgium
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Pietre Edil, Strada Slănic nr.2, 030242 București, Romania
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CNR-ISAC, Corso Stati Uniti 435127 Padova, Italy
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Received: 18 December 2017 / Revised: 15 January 2018 / Accepted: 17 January 2018 / Published: 22 January 2018
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Abstract

The relatively high installation costs for different types of shallow geothermal energy systems are obstacles that have lowered the impact of geothermal solutions in the renewable energy market. In order to reduce planning costs and obtain a lithological overview of geothermal potentials and drilling conditions, a pan-European geological overview map was created using freely accessible JRC (Joint Research Centre) data and ArcGIS software. JRC data were interpreted and merged together in order to collect information about the expenditure of installing geothermal systems in specific geological set-ups, and thereby select the most economic drilling technique. Within the four-year project of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program, which is known as “Cheap-GSHPs” (the Cheap and efficient application of reliable Ground Source Heat exchangers and Pumps), the most diffused lithologies and corresponding drilling costs were analyzed to provide a 1 km × 1 km raster with the required underground information. The final outline map should be valid throughout Europe, and should respect the INSPIRE (INfrastructure for SPatial InfoRmation in Europe) guidelines. View Full-Text
Keywords: GSHP systems; ground heat exchanger; ArcGIS; drillability; thermal conductivity GSHP systems; ground heat exchanger; ArcGIS; drillability; thermal conductivity
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Müller, J.; Galgaro, A.; Dalla Santa, G.; Cultrera, M.; Karytsas, C.; Mendrinos, D.; Pera, S.; Perego, R.; O’Neill, N.; Pasquali, R.; Vercruysse, J.; Rossi, L.; Bernardi, A.; Bertermann, D. Generalized Pan-European Geological Database for Shallow Geothermal Installations. Geosciences 2018, 8, 32.

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