Near-to-surface geothermal energy

Geothermal energy is derived from the thermal energy generated and stored in the Earth’s interior. In the case of shallow geothermal, the resource for energy is solar heat stored in the earth. This geothermal resource is renewable, as there is a constant heat flow to the surface and atmosphere from the solar radiation.

Near-to-surface geothermal technologies takes advantage of this renewable source for space and water heating by transferring at low temperature the geothermal heat to a pumped fluid through the ground. In warmer climates, this source can also be used in combination with reverse heat pumps as a sink for the heat extracted from the building, reducing the cooling load.




List of projects where this technology is being implemented.

SMARTER TOGETHER

The European lighthouse cities Vienna (Austria), Munich (Germany) and Lyon (France), the follower cities Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Venice (Italy), the observer cities Kiev (Ukraine) and Yokohama (Japan) come together to improve citizens’ quality of life. SMARTER TOGETHER... Continue reading
Funding programme : H2020, Funding programme : SCC 1 - 2015: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Smart Cities and Communities, SCIS Clusters : Integration of energy systems, ICT and transport in cities

E2REBUILD

E2ReBuild project investigated, promoted, and demonstrated cost-effective and advanced energy-efficient retrofit strategies that create added value for existing residential buildings and endorse end-users to stay and build a dynamic society. The vision of E2ReBuild was to transform the retrofitting... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : Topic EeB.ENERGY.2010.8.1-2: Demonstration of Energy Efficiency through Retrofitting of Buildings
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Energy Efficiency in Buildings, SCIS Clusters : Renovation

DIRECTION

DIRECTION aimed at demonstrating how the use of very innovative and cost-effective energy efficiency technologies can lead to the achievement of very low energy new buildings. This aim along with the effective adoption of low energy buildings was achieved by switching to a model whereby energy... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : Topic EeB.ENERGY.2011.8.1-1: Demonstration of very low energy new buildings
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Energy Efficiency in Buildings, SCIS Clusters : New Buildings

BUILDSMART

The purpose of BUILDSMART is to demonstrate and mainstream cost-effective technologies and methods in the design of buildings with very low energy consumption in different European climates, since energy consumption in buildings varies greatly throughout Europe due to differences in climate, socio-... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : Topic EeB.ENERGY.2011.8.1-1: Demonstration of very low energy new buildings
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Energy Efficiency in Buildings, SCIS Clusters : New Buildings