Enhancing Ground Source Heat exchangers and Pumps for a sustainable built environment
The H2020 project Cheap-GHSPs aims at reducing the total cost of low enthalpy geothermal systems by improving current drilling/ installation technologies and designs of Ground Source Heat Exchangers.
The outcomes are of relevance to further expand the inherent potentiality of shallow geothermal power systems for heating and cooling purposes. The use of the novel heat pumps for higher temperatures developed within the project, are capable to reduce the costs in the market for retrofitting buildings, including historical ones.
The international workshop will shed lights on such promising innovations which have taken on the scientific consortium of the project with the design and the implementation of a wide array of demonstrative sites located in diversified urban and climatic environments.
Such sites located in Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Spain Greece and Croatia have performed as laboratories for the development of good practices to test and uptake innovative solutions and ideas, inspiring shifts in policies, planning and technology being inspirational beyond case-based boundaries to a world-wide scale.
The project has brought plenty of evidence of the compatibility of such innovative systems with the requirements of preservation and conservation along with the need for a comfortable environment and a more decarbonised economy that have to find their way to market.