Managing Urban Shallow geothermal Energy (MUSE)

Abstract

MUSE investigates resources and possible conflicts of use associated with the use of shallow geothermal energy (SGE) in European urban areas and delivers key geoscientific subsurface data to stakeholders via a user-friendly web based GeoERA information platform (GIP). The assessment of geothermal resources and conflicts of use will lead to the development of management strategies considering both efficient planning and monitoring of environmental impacts to feed into general framework strategies of cities like Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). The developed methods and approaches will be tested and evaluated together with input from local stakeholders in 14 urban pilot areas across Europe representative for different conditions of SGE use. The pilot areas are geologically and climatologically diverse and have a range of heating and cooling degree day characteristics, making the project outcomes and shared learnings relevant to the whole of Europe and beyond. In the MUSE project, we want to address all relevant aspects by capitalising upon existing knowledge, identifying and closing specific knowledge gaps and providing joint proposals on methodologies, criteria and concepts on SGE management. We adapt workflows to focus on local scale investigations suitable for densely-populated urban areas, where national heating and cooling demand is generally highest, and which will represent the most important SGE market in the future. The outcomes of the project represent a comprehensive collection of methods, approaches and tools, which can be transferred to other urban regions in Europe and adapted by other organisations.

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Work packages
WP1 Geological Survey of Austria (GBA)
WP2 Geological Survey of Austria (GBA)
WP3 Geological Survey of Spain (IGME)
WP4 Institut Cartografic I Geologic de Catalunya (ICGC)
WP5 Geological Survey of Denmark (GEUS)
WP6 Geological Survey of Croatia (HGI-CGS)
Participants
# Participant Legal Name Institution Country Total Person- Months per Participant
1 Geologische Bundesanstalt GBA Austria

23.5

2 Natural Environment Research Council NERC United Kingdom

15.8

3 Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya ICGC Spain

18.3

4 Hrvatski Geološki Institut HGI-CGS Croatia

20.0

5 Ceska Geologicka Sluzba – Czech Geological Survey CGS Czech Republic

3.0

6 Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières BRGM France

4.0

7 Geological Survey Ireland GSI Ireland

5.0

8 Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences – Geological Survey of Belgium RBINS-GSB Belgium

15.5

9 Geološki zavod Slovenije GeoZS Slovenia

6.0

10 Instituto Geológico y Minero de España IGME Spain

21.38

11 Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning SGU Sweden

9.0

12 Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO TNO Netherlands

5.5

13 Państwowy Instytut Geologiczny – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy PIG-PIB Poland

20.0

14 State Geological Institute of Dionyz Stur SGIDS Slovakia

6.0

15 State Research and Development Enterprise State Information Geological Fund of Ukraine GEOINFORM Ukraine

2.06

16 Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland GEUS Denmark

17.0