For efficient operation of heating and cooling grids, underground thermal energy storage (UTES) can be a key element. This is due to its ability to seasonally store heat or cold addressing the large mismatch between supply and demand. This technology is already available and there are many operational examples, both within and outside a district heating network. Given the range of available UTES technologies, they are feasible to install almost everywhere. Compared to other storage systems, UTES have the advantage of being able to manage large quantities and fluxes of heat without occupying much surface area, although the storage characteristics are always site specific and depend on the geological and geothermal characteristics of the subsoil. UTES can manage fluctuating production from renewable energy sources, both in the short and long term, and fluctuating demand. It can be used as an instrument to exploit heat available from various sources, e.g., solar, waste heat from industry, geothermal, within the same district heating system. The optimization of energy production, the reduction in consumption of primary energy and the reduction in emission of greenhouse gases are guaranteed with UTES, especially when coupled with district heating and cooling networks.

Improving the Efficiency of District Heating and Cooling Using a Geothermal Technology: Underground Thermal Energy Storage (UTES) / J. Maria Chicco, D. Antonijevic, M. Bloemendal, F. Cecinato, G. Goetzl, M. Hajto, N. Hartog, G. Mandrone, D. Vacha, P.J. Vardon (LECTURE NOTES IN NETWORKS AND SYSTEMS). - In: New Metropolitan Perspectives : Post COVID Dynamics: Green and Digital Transition, between Metropolitan and Return to Villages Perspectives / [a cura di] F. Calabrò, L. Della Spina, M. J. Piñeira Mantiñán. - [s.l] : Springer, 2022. - ISBN 978-3-031-06824-9. - pp. 1699-1710 (( convegno International Symposium New Metropolitan Perspectives : May, 24th - 26th tenutosi a Reggio Calabria nel 2022 [10.1007/978-3-031-06825-6_164].

Improving the Efficiency of District Heating and Cooling Using a Geothermal Technology: Underground Thermal Energy Storage (UTES)

F. Cecinato;
2022

Abstract

For efficient operation of heating and cooling grids, underground thermal energy storage (UTES) can be a key element. This is due to its ability to seasonally store heat or cold addressing the large mismatch between supply and demand. This technology is already available and there are many operational examples, both within and outside a district heating network. Given the range of available UTES technologies, they are feasible to install almost everywhere. Compared to other storage systems, UTES have the advantage of being able to manage large quantities and fluxes of heat without occupying much surface area, although the storage characteristics are always site specific and depend on the geological and geothermal characteristics of the subsoil. UTES can manage fluctuating production from renewable energy sources, both in the short and long term, and fluctuating demand. It can be used as an instrument to exploit heat available from various sources, e.g., solar, waste heat from industry, geothermal, within the same district heating system. The optimization of energy production, the reduction in consumption of primary energy and the reduction in emission of greenhouse gases are guaranteed with UTES, especially when coupled with district heating and cooling networks.
Buildings energy retrofitting; District heating/cooling; Energy transition; Geothermal; UTES;
Settore ICAR/07 - Geotecnica
Settore GEO/05 - Geologia Applicata
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