Shallow geothermal energy could play an important role in supporting and contributing to the decarbonisation of the heating sector in Ireland

Project Insights

  • €61,584

    Total Project Costs
  • 1 yr

    Project Duration
  • 2019

    Year Funded

Project Description

The ShallowTHERM project will test a methodology, previously applied in Italy, to estimate the underground heat-exchange potential for shallow geothermal installations, in particular, vertical closed loop collectors. The ShallowTHERM project aims to build upon previous SEAI supported projects under the Irish Ground Thermal Properties (IGTP – RDD/00045 & RDD/00109). The proposed methodology for ShallowTHERM focuses on the use of the DCCAE/GSI Tellus airborne electromagnetic dataset linked with geographical information systems (GIS) based maps of Irish geology and the current Irish Ground Thermal Properties (IGTP) database. The project will test, and optimise for application in Ireland, a method of mapping litho-electrical units (Santilano et al., 2015, 2016). The project will apply this methodology to map litho-electrical units through association with the IGPT database and selective additional laboratory measurement. This methodological approach and the derived data, will allow thermal conductivity to be more accurately determined over significantly wider areas of bedrock coverage in Ireland (as opposed to the currently available single point measurements in the IGTP database). The available thermal conductivity data will allow for direct input into the ground source vertical closed loop collector suitability maps recently published by GSI and improve the understanding and potential for deployment of Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) systems.

Project Details

Total Project Cost: €61,584

Funding Agency: SEAI; Geological Survey Ireland (GSI)

Year Funded: 2019

Lead Organisation: GeoServ Solutions

Collaborators: Geothermal Association of Ireland

Riccardo Pasquali

Lead Researcher