Action C.12: Heating and cooling installations
Concrete action
OBJECTIVE

This action shall develop a closed loop heating and cooling pilot system to enable the assessment of the impact of the plant’s operation on a coastal aquifer system.

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DESCRIPTION
  • The development of a heating and cooling system at a pilot level is being proposed under this action to enable the testing of these systems under controlled conditions. The pilot plant shall be located at the fringe regions of the aquifer system, to minimize any potential risks resulting from its operation.  Whilst the application of such systems is already an established practice in large aquifer systems, their application in small, coastal aquifer systems, which are prone to vertical sea-water intrusion, has to date been quite limited. The impact arising from the operation of the heating and cooling system shall initially be assessed through the use of a groundwater numerical model

  • (discharge of heat) and eventually also assessed through the development of dedicated groundwater monitoring network focused on the monitoring of temperature and salinity in the immediate area around the heating and cooling system.  This will enable the testing of these systems under controlled conditions. The pilot plant shall be located at the fringe regions of the aquifer system, to minimize any potential risks resulting from its operation. Whilst the application of such systems is already an established practice in large aquifer systems, their application in small, coastal aquifer systems, which are prone to vertical sea-water intrusion, has to date been quite limited

EXPECTED RESULTS
  • The main expected result from this action is the increased knowledge on the application of a closed loop heating/cooling system.

  • Specifically this action shall develop one (1) heating and cooling pilot system within a coastal water aquifer system.

Take a look at the Deliverables for this action.

A report on the application and feasibility of closed-loop heating/cooling systems within coastal aquifer systems.