Province contributes to chair in geothermal energy TU Delft




The Province of Zuid-Holland will contribute to a chair in geothermal energy at TU Delft. The talks on the appointment of an Assistant Professor are ongoing. He/she will work with dozens of PhD students, postdocs and students to find answers to scientific and technical questions regarding geothermal energy.

Those questions will regard, for example, the composition of the substrate, risks surrounding the tapping of heat sources, drilling techniques, which liquids can best be used, what the economic feasibility of geothermal energy is, and scaling-up the activities to be able to use as much geothermal energy as safely as possible. The team will, of course, have a direct link with the planned geothermal source at the TU Delft campus and with the developing Geothermal Energy Innovation Centre in Rijswijk.

Financiers

The Province will invest €50,000 over the next 2 years. Other financiers of the chair are BNG, Energie Beheer Nederland, Eneco, ECW (a private operator for large-scale horticulture), Hydreco Geomac (an expert in ground energy systems) and Huisman (a global provider of innovative technical solutions).

Favourable

Zuid-Holland is eminently the province where the deep substrate conditions favour the extraction of geothermal heat. Most of the geothermal projects realised in The Netherlands (8 out of 10) are therefore situated in Zuid-Holland. Usually, these concern initiatives from the glasshouse horticultural businesses that have researched and realised the geothermal options. Regional Minister Han Weber: "We expect that geothermal energy can heat homes, offices and other industries on a large scale, for example, via the link with the construction of a heat network. With thorough research via this chair, we will find out more about what the earth has to offer to help us become more sustainable."

Heat sources

The development of sustainable, local heat sources such as geothermal energy is of great importance to the sustainability of the heat supply. The Paris climate agreement and the phasing out of natural gas will cause the use of other heat sources to increase enormously over the next few years. With this new alliance, the parties intend to use substrate heat in heat grids, besides residual heat.