PROJECTS

Europe-wide Use of Sustainable Energy from Aquifers

PROJECT TYPE

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

LOCATION

Pan-European, co-ordinated from the Netherlands

START DATE
January 1970
LEAD PARTNER
PROJECT MANAGER
THEME

Sustainable cities

PARTNERS
Deltares

Arcadis

Technical University Delft (TU Delft)

Wageningen University

ASTER

AICE-ITC Research Association of the Ceramic Industries

Naked Energy

Energy Centre TU

Darmstadt

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.

 
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