Why Use Electricity When Heating and Cooling is Needed?
Industrial and academic CGER partners and network members met January 2023 to learn to know each other so we can build stronger consortia’s, share ideas and needs, and to create relevant research and development projects.
Presenters at the workshop.
Sharing is Caring. Here, we share videos and pdfs of the presentations held during the Center for Geothermal Energy Research matchmaking workshop the 26th January 2023 in Oslo.
Industrial and academic CGER partners and network members met to learn to know each other so we can build stronger consortia’s, share ideas and needs, and to create relevant research and development projects. Total 14 presentations were given over the day.
An accelerated development of geothermal solutions in Norway is
required. In Norway, 75 TWh/year of energy is used for heating and
cooling purposes, and 68% of which are run by electric heating (NVE).
These data opens up for determining the potential for a more effective
use of electric energy. Technically speaking, savings of more than 35
TWh/year (?) in existing buildings is possible with deployment of ground
source heat pumps. The economic potential is lower - as it depends on
the internal economic requirements of the initial capex heavy
Internationally, the use of underground heat can also produce electric energy for sale. This may contribute to a base load in an integrated energy system. Any energy not spent is entirely conflict free. The solutions proposed here are areal effective, local - thereby saving large Nature areas.
The freed up electric energy with a more effective use, and the
locally produced thermal energy from the ground, aids the
decarbonization and electrification of the whole energy sector - a
necessary requirement for reaching net zero and the +1.5°C target.
In this workshop the industry, that performs energy mapping, design solutions, develop and operate geothermal systems meet up with academia. Ground source heat pumps is a mature technology, although there are still research needs. For example, how do we ensure an optimal use of existing systems, automated systems equipped with sensors and AI systems, learning systems between design-development-operation phase and between companies. Research proposals were pitched and discussed.
Acknowledgments are given to Norges Forskningsråd and the program for Koordinerings- og støtteaktivitet, Arrangementsstøtte.
There were 14 talks. Below we share pdfs and videos of the presentations.
Norwegian Center for Geothermal Energy Research (CGER)
Norwegian Center for Geothermal Energy Research (CGER) was established in 2009. The Center, which has partners from all over Norway, is based in Bergen with NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS (NORCE) as the Host Institution. CGER gathers key research and industrial partners, and builds a platform which strengthens national cooperation in research and technology development within geothermal energy research and development.