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Renewable Energy Sources in a Post-Socialist Transitional Environment: The Influence of Social Geographic Factors on Potential Utilization of Very Shallow Geothermal Energy within Heating Systems in Small Serbian Town of Ub

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GeoCentre of Northern Bavaria, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Schlossgarten 5, 91054 Erlangen, Germany
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Institute of Geographical Research on Migration & Transition, Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg, Am Kranen 1, 96047 Bamberg, Germany
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(8), 2739; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10082739
Received: 9 March 2020 / Revised: 1 April 2020 / Accepted: 7 April 2020 / Published: 15 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue District Energy Network for Sustainable Urban Development)
Energetic stability is a precondition for a regular functioning of society and economy. Actual climate change raised the awareness of population and policy makers about the importance of exploited energy sources. Renewable energy sources are revealed as the solution which should satisfy both needs—a need for energetic stability, as well as a need for producing ‘clean’ and ‘sustainable’ energy, and therefore reduce humans’ influence on the climate change. Very shallow geothermal energy offers wide range for utilization, among others for heating and cooling living spaces. This article shows potentials of low temperature heating system networks in a small Serbian town of Ub. In addition to technical possibilities, this article combines geographical and social, as well as political and economic circumstances in the town of Ub, which emerge as a result of a complex (post-socialist) transitional vortex. View Full-Text
Keywords: renewable energy sources; very shallow geothermal potential (vSGP); low temperature district heating; post-socialist transitional environment renewable energy sources; very shallow geothermal potential (vSGP); low temperature district heating; post-socialist transitional environment
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Jocić, N.; Müller, J.; Požar, T.; Bertermann, D. Renewable Energy Sources in a Post-Socialist Transitional Environment: The Influence of Social Geographic Factors on Potential Utilization of Very Shallow Geothermal Energy within Heating Systems in Small Serbian Town of Ub. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 2739.

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