The ThermoWell project aims to demonstrate how suitable and applicable Deep Standing Column Wells are to Irish geological conditions, and to showcase an alternative way to utilise subsurface heat resources in Ireland

Project Insights

  • €269,548

    Total Project Costs
  • 3 yr

    Project Duration
  • 2019

    Year Funded

Project Description

Deep Standing Column Wells (DSCW) represent a promising technology to support the uptake of deep geothermal energy solutions in Ireland compared to traditional deep geothermal and large-scale ground source heat technologies. The high capital expenditure and associated risk of unknown subsurface conditions that have stunted the growth of a geothermal industry in Ireland to date could be offset by the use of high thermal capacity DSCWs. The ThermoWell project will test and demonstrate the viability of this technology by drilling a DSCW at a site at Hotwell House, Enfield, Co. Meath, where several previous geological investigations have taken place. The completed DSCW will be subject to a state-of-the-art monitoring and testing programme which will include amongst others, thermal response testing and fibre optic distributed temperature sensing. All the data collected as part of the ThermoWell project will feed into a geological and hydrogeological assessment of the finished well. A final report outlining the totality of works undertaken will be produced. This report will give a breakdown of the thermal capacity and cost of a DSCW when compared with traditional deep geothermal exploration and shallow geothermal technologies. The ThermoWell project aims to demonstrate how suitable and applicable DSCWs are to Irish geological conditions and showcase an alternative way to utilise subsurface heat resources.

Project Details

Total Project Cost: €269,548

Funding Agency: SEAI; Geological Survey Ireland (GSI)

Year Funded: 2019

Lead Organisation: Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions Ltd. (GDG)

Partner Organisation(s): Geo Drilling solutions; GeoServ

James McAteer | Lead Researcher(s)