1. Alison Chan
  2. Built Environment
  3. Friday, 20 November 2020
Hi All

Last week, I read Adam Thyer's post about fossil fuel companies pivoting into geothermal and thought that it was an interesting and important topic. Today, I read a story about using geothermal to heat or cool buildings. Apparently, the technologies are well proven and it's an extremely efficient technique. The barrier is upfront costs. However, these costs can be quickly recouped via reduced energy bills. Some companies are therefore stepping-in with innovative financing designed to spread the cost over time with repayments lower than they would have been if they had chosen conventional heating and cooling systems. Hopefully, governments will also come to the party.
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LOL, I was about to post the same link. You beat me to it! :D
Adam Thyer, Founder at GreenExecutive
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Well, Adam, geothermal energy is in fact already used in France for instance. I know of people who used it to heat the homes, usually a big home. Like former farms or old castles. Because it is cheaper in the long run and more efficient. It is true that you need to do an important investment at first, the installation of the tubes inside the house and the pump outside is an investment, but the quality of the warm is so much better, more efficient and in the long run, cheaper than any other option available at the moment.
Now I don't know if, the soil/land needs to have some particular geological structure. I don't know if in a country such as the Netherlands, with sandy land can also produce geothermal energy, but I know in other European countries with a different geological composition it works.
I see geothermal heating as a real solution.
The Netherlands will remove gas as a source of heating and cooking for all residential buildings. The main reason is that the government wants to reduce CO2 emissions from the built environment by 80% in 2050. So what alternative we have to heat our homes? The weather here requires that we have heating in our home for 6 months at least. Solar panels? well, this is what is been offered at the moment. but when the weather is cloudy in winter, maybe it is not enough. By 2050 there will be more alternatives, I am sure of it.
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