Brand-new MUSE results: Fact sheets on shallow geothermal energy concepts

Ignasi Herms (ICGC) and Cornelia Steiner (GBA), 2 February 2021

Shallow geothermal energy is a renewable energy source recognized by the European Parliament in its DE 2009/28/CE and DE 2003/54/CE directives. It is a reliable and efficient technology that can contribute significantly to the reduction of CO2 emissions in cities thanks to the use of ground-coupled heat pump systems. Therefore, it is expected to be one of the key renewable sources to achieve the decarbonization goals in the European heating and cooling sector for 2050.

The MUSE project has launched through its website a new catalogue of 9 fact sheets of shallow geothermal energy concepts where the most relevant exploitation schemes for urban areas are evaluated and characterized. The fact sheets (Figure 1) present proven and prospective technical solutions for heating and cooling supply including heat storage based on shallow geothermal energy.

Figure 1. Catalogue of fact sheets about shallow geothermal energy concepts.

The fact sheets numbered from 1 to 8 are structured as two-page PDF documents with a short introductory text describing the main characteristics of the category, followed by four special sections (Figure 2). Additionally, a set of case studies (mainly from the MUSE pilot areas) are presented in each fact sheet from 1 to 8.

Figure 2. Aspects treated within the 8 fact sheets on shallow geothermal energy concepts.

Explore the state of the art of shallow geothermal energy here!

If you are new to shallow geothermal energy: We explain the basics of open loop and closed loop systems in our previous blogs.

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