Developing Geothermal Energy Research Capabilities at University College Dublin

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Title: Developing Geothermal Energy Research Capabilities at University College Dublin
Authors: Hemmingway, Phil
Long, Michael (Michael M.)
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Date: 2011
Online since: 2012-06-19T14:59:24Z
Abstract: Ireland has one of the highest energy dependencies in Europe and as such must adapt quickly to increase renewable energy exploitation levels in order to secure its energy future. A mix of renewable energy technology types (wind, solar, biomass, wave, tidal, geothermal) will be required in order to achieve Ireland’s national renewable energy generation targets. Geothermal (or ground source) energy can have a part to play in this mix. Over the last number of years the School of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering in University College Dublin has begun to develop shallow geothermal energy research capabilities in several areas of interest. Early studies involved the investigation of water chemistry and settlement issues at several sites on the Cork docklands. It was concluded that the chemical characteristics of the water contained in the aquifer could hinder the development of open loop geothermal systems in the area, and that settlement may be a potential concern in cases where open loop systems are installed due to the presence of highly compressible alluvium deposits. Subsequent work has involved the development, construction & performance validation of a thermal response testing rig for site thermal characterisation, installation of both domestic and commercial sized energy piles for research purposes and investigation of soil, rock and grout thermal properties using both steady-state and non-steady-state laboratory testing techniques. This paper gives a brief overview of the completed and ongoing work in the School of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering.
Funding Details: Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: Geothermal Association of Ireland
Copyright (published version): 2011 the authors
Keywords: Geothermal energyRenewable energyIrelandThermal conductivityThermal response testLaboratory thermal test
Subject LCSH: Renewable energy sources--Research--Ireland
Geothermal resources--Research--Ireland
Geothermal engineering--Research--Ireland
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Geothermal Energy - Progress and Developments: Proceedings GAI Conference, Kilkenny, May 2011
Conference Details: Geothermal Energy - Progress and Developments in Ireland and Internationally, May 2011, Kilkenny, Ireland
Appears in Collections:Urban Institute Ireland Research Collection
Biosystems and Food Engineering Research Collection
Civil Engineering Research Collection

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