The European Plate Observing System – Netherlands (EPOS-NL) is a Dutch national research infrastructure for solid Earth sciences. EPOS-NL is a cluster of large-scale geophysical facilities for research on georesources. It develops innovative research facilities and integrates these with existing, world-class facilities into a coherent infrastructure.
A consortium of partners from the Netherlands, UK, Turkey, Italy and Iceland investigate and demonstrate the potential of re-injecting CO2 into geothermal fields. This consortium program provides the geothermal energy sector with the means to address the climate change challenge through CO2 utilization and storage.
Campus geothermal well (DAPwell)
TU Delft, Hydreco Geomec, Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN) and Shell are preparing a geothermal project on the TU Delft campus. The goal is to facilitate geothermal research and its application and to use the heat from the earth for the heating of buildings. This geothermal resource will be installed near the TU Delft campus and this unique location will make that this well will become part of a large-scale research programme.
The ‘EASYGO: Efficiency and Safety in Geothermal Operations’ project is one of the Innovative Training Networks (ITN) within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funded by the EU. ITNs are meant for extraordinary global research as well as excellent training opportunities for PhD candidates to reach doctorate level.
The Geothermal Capacity Building Programme - Indonesia-Netherlands (GEOCAP) was an international collaboration between Indonesian and Dutch entities (2014-2018) with the goal to develop intimately linked geothermal programmes for education and training, research and subsurface databases at universities across Indonesia.
Energy Piles in the Netherlands
The energy piles will warm and cool buildings through their pile foundations by using the natural temperature of the soil. An 18-meters deep hole is drilled in TU Delft’s Green Village, containing detailed instrumentation in the energy pile foundations in order to test and speed up their use on the market. The aim is to standardize the pile technology up to 30-meters-deep and help the industry build more eco-friendly constructions.
In this work, a novel ATES system without a heat pump is proposed which now uses three wells (a triplet), solar heat collectors and a dry cooler. The use of heat pumps is avoided, vastly reducing the electricity required. The basic working principle shows great potential but needs development on robustness and monitoring, and integrated control of the building’s heating and cooling systems, as well as on the processes in the subsurface to ensure system longevity.
The WarmingUP collective brings together 38 participants to make collective heating systems reliable, sustainable and affordable for the heat transition. System and process innovations are necessary for improved designs, construction and management. WarmingUP wants to develop these innovations at an increased pace.
The project ‘MiMo: Misi Monitoring’ is a collaborative mission to foster scientific collaboration in the field of geothermal energy between Indonesia and the Netherlands. Both social and technical challenges have caused a slow-down in growth of geothermal energy development in many parts of the world in recent years.
Induced seismicity poses a tremendous challenge to future deep geothermal energy exploitation. The large international and multidisciplinary EC GEOTHERMICA DEEP project combines innovation in sensors and data analysis with demonstration and knowledge transfer activities into one coherent work program that will have a profound impact on de-risking future EGS projects.