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Alternative Use of Artificial Quarry Lakes as a Source of Thermal Energy for Greenhouses

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Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Politecnico di Torino, Viale Pier Andrea Mattioli 39, 10125 Torino, Italy
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Centre Eau Terre Environnement, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, 490 Rue de la Couronne, Québec, QC G1K 9A9, Canada
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Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy
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Department of Earth Sciences, University of Torino, Via Valperga Caluso 35, 10125 Torino, Italy
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Géotherma Solutions Inc., 13-2528 Avenue de Monceaux, Québec, QC G1T 2N7, Canada
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Academic Editor: Christophe Monnin
Water 2021, 13(24), 3560; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13243560
Received: 26 October 2021 / Revised: 7 December 2021 / Accepted: 9 December 2021 / Published: 13 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Water-Energy Nexus)
In northern Italy, most greenhouses rely on gas or oil heaters which are sometimes subject to high operating costs. Several greenhouses are nearby quarry lakes, which are the legacy of the expansion of cities in the last decades, including Turin (NW Italy). About 20 quarry lakes were excavated close to the Po riverbed in the southern part of this urban area, along a belt of more than 30 km in length, with an overall volume exceeding 10 million m3 water. The study addresses these artificial lakes as a low enthalpy thermal energy source, potentially providing heat to surrounding agri-business buildings. Detailed temperature monitoring of a large lake quarry was conducted over two years at different depths, measuring the surrounding groundwater level as well. Two different behaviors of the lake during the winter and summer seasons enabled the definition of a quite low water mixing process between the surrounding aquifers and the lake (in the range of 2–4 °C). An evaluation of the heat extraction potential using the lake as a heat source, depending on water temperature and its volume, and a qualitative comparison with groundwater systems are proposed. This study contributes to increasing knowledge on an overlooked resource for sustainable heating. View Full-Text
Keywords: quarry lake; temperature; geothermal heat pump; greenhouse; mining activity; environmental restoration quarry lake; temperature; geothermal heat pump; greenhouse; mining activity; environmental restoration
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Chicco, J.M.; Comeau, F.-A.; Casasso, A.; Comina, C.; Giordano, N.; Mandrone, G.; Raymond, J. Alternative Use of Artificial Quarry Lakes as a Source of Thermal Energy for Greenhouses. Water 2021, 13, 3560. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13243560

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Chicco JM, Comeau F-A, Casasso A, Comina C, Giordano N, Mandrone G, Raymond J. Alternative Use of Artificial Quarry Lakes as a Source of Thermal Energy for Greenhouses. Water. 2021; 13(24):3560. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13243560

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Chicco, Jessica M., Felix-Antoine Comeau, Alessandro Casasso, Cesare Comina, Nicolò Giordano, Giuseppe Mandrone, and Jasmin Raymond. 2021. "Alternative Use of Artificial Quarry Lakes as a Source of Thermal Energy for Greenhouses" Water 13, no. 24: 3560. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13243560

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