The MUSE team met in Essen, Germany

Essen, November 27 – 29

From November 27 to 28, the MUSE team organized the first partner workshop
in Essen, Germany. The workshop was linked to the German Geothermal
Congress (DGK), which represents one of the largest annual scientific
geothermal event in central Europe.

The partner workshop 2018

Although MUSE already started in July 2018, the partners
had to wait until the end of November to meet the first
time as a whole group.

The partner workshop 2018 focused on the activities to be
performed during the initial phase of MUSE. On day one, the
14 case studies of MUSE across Europe were introduced to
the team. Linked to this, we are currently preparing fact
sheets on the case studies, which will be soon available on
our website.

On the second day, the workshop was addressing on the
activities to be achieved in the next months. Emphasis will
be put in the assessment and comparison of methods for
exploring and mapping resources linked to shallow
geothermal energy use, the current legal framework as well
as strategies for an efficient and sustainable utilization.


Presentation of the MUSE case studies during the
partner workshop. © G. Goetzl.

The knowledge and the different views inside the MUSE team
will be assessed by different partner surveys, which will
be performed during the next months.

The MUSE team will meet the next time in Cardiff (UK) in
the last week of March. This time we will exchange and
discuss the outcomes of the partner surveys performed.


Presentation of the Cardiff City case study (UK) on
urban groundwater monitoring. © G. Goetzl.


The Knowledge Exchange Workshop on environmental impact
monitoring of shallow geothermal use

MUSE co-organized the workshop together with the Interreg
projects GRETA and GeoPLASMA-CE, both dealing with shallow
geothermal energy use. In two sessions, 10 presentations
covered various aspects of environmental monitoring of
closed loop and open loop systems. Emphasis was put on the
monitoring of urban groundwater monitoring and the role of
monitoring to validate subsurface models as well as to
support planning and management of shallow geothermal
energy use. The presentations given covered case studies in
more than six countries. In the panel discussion rounds,
more than 40 participants of the workshop were exchanging
ideas how to make monitoring affordable and easy to apply
for both, operators as well as authorities. In this
context, the Technical University of Munich presented an
approach for a low cost and real time monitoring of the
groundwater body below Munich based on sensors connected
via the Internet of Things (IoT).

The presentations given at our workshop will soon be
available on the MUSE website!


Group phot of the MUSE team during the partner workshop in Essen,
November 27 – 28, © G. Goetzl.

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