Europe-wide Use of Sustainable Energy from Aquifers

Using thermal storage systems to reduce carbon emissions

Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) systems have the potential to provide a significant tool for climate change mitigation. Using aquifers as a source for thermal energy can provide heating and cooling for houses, offices and other buildings E-USE (aq). In comparison to the use of fossil fuels, as well as providing up to 60%  CO₂ reductions, these systems are also more cost effective.

Whilst the benefits of using ATES systems in both their cost and energy efficiency are obvious, their widespread application faces a number of barriers. For instance, strict regulations, with fears of increased ground water contamination, currently limit their research across Europe. But also this technology is simply still not well known. Hence, the benefits of using ATES systems are not being fully explored.

Europe-wide Use of Sustainable Energy from Aquifers E-USE (aq)
Project Type

Pathfinder – Exploring future demands, assessing potential for innovations to meet those demands and identifying barriers to the deployment

Lead Partner
Project Partners

Technical University Delft (TU Delft)
Wageningen University
AICE-ITC Research Association of the Ceramic Industries
Naked Energy
Energy Centre TU

Project Manager
Project Location

Pan-European, co-ordinated from the Netherlands

Project Start Date

Sustainable cities