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The GRETA Project: Near-surface Geothermal Resources in the Alpine Space

The GRETA Project: Near-surface Geothermal Resources in the Alpine Space


The ground under our feet is relatively
unaffected by state borders. At the same time citizens, for example of the Alpine
region, face the same challenge: Despite rising energy demands CO² emissions and
fossil fuel consumption must be drastically reduced. Near-surface
geothermal energy, or: “NSGE”, is a renewable and sustainable energy source of the
future. One single installation can provide both heating and cooling, as well as
domestic hot water, for all types of buildings and infrastructures in a
cost-effective way. NSGE is climate friendly and
contributes to the reduction of air pollution by replacing outdated heating
systems. In addition, it is silent and does not interfere with the existing
landscape or heritage buildings. But although this technology can be used
almost everywhere, the potential of it is still scarcely known and used. The
GRETA project wants to unlock the potential of shallow geothermal energy
in the Alpine space. It focuses on three areas of application: Firstly, it will
identify the most suitable territories for shallow geothermal energy in its six
case study areas and provide freely accessible online maps. Secondly, it will
enhance transnational knowledge exchange on technical and regulatory practices, integrating the ideas experiences and the feedback from different stakeholders. And finally, it will help to integrate shallow geothermal energy into local
policies, developing guidelines for the integration of NSGE into energy
planning and sharing planners and municipalities, how to incorporate NSGE
into their energy strategy. Through this combined approach, the GRETA project
will contribute to enhancing this powerful renewable source and support
its implementation in the Alpine space and hopefully across Europe.

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