Redefining geothermal energy
Founding Year: 2014
Location: the Netherlands
Theme: Sustainable Land Use
EARTHWAYS is developing a highly efficient transport mechanism for extracting geothermal energy. Unlike traditional systems, the presence of hot water in the deep earth layers is not required to allow the system to function effectively. This increases the applicability of the system to more than 80%. The design of the system requires only one bore hole, which further reduces production and installation costs.
Because only heat is transferred, the system is extremely environmental friendly. The system is completely scalable to geothermal conditions and energy requirements. No moving parts are installed which dramatically reduces operating- and maintenance costs. Because of the continuous presence of geothermal energy the EARTHWAYS system is THE system to provide cost effective sustainable energy for generations to come.
Team Members: Arnold Vermeijden (Mechanical Engineering, BSc); Marianne Mol (Human Resources, BA); Frans Hazekamp (Information Technology); Elco van Grotenhuis (Industrial Design, M.Sc, Finance, MBA, Management, MIM); Victor Remmers (Mechanical Engineering, BSc); Rob Schoonman (Urban and regional planning, Master)