Smart Geothermal Systems

GEOFIT is an integrated industrially driven action aimed at deployment of cost effective enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) for energy efficient building retrofitting. This entails the technical development of innovative EGS and its components, namely, non-standard heat exchanger configurations, a novel hybrid heat pump and electrically driven compression heat pump systems and suite of heating and cooling components to be integrated with the novel hybrid heat pump concept, all specially designed to be applied in energy efficient retrofitting projects. To this end, a suite of tools and technologies is developed, including: – low invasive risk assessment technologies, site-inspection and worksite building monitoring techniques; – control systems for cost-effective and optimized EGS in operation phase and novel BIM-enabled dedicated tools (Building Information Modeling); – application of novel drilling techniques as the improved low invasive vertical drilling and trenchless technologies. GEOFIT brings these technical developments within a new management framework based on Integrated Design and Delivery Solutions for the geothermal based retrofitting process. The IDDS driven process will materialise in the Geo-BIM enabled Retrofitting Management Platform (Geo-BIM tool). By using the five demonstration sites as open case studies in four countries and climates, featuring different representative technical scenarios/business models, GEOFIT will leverage its key exploitable results, adapted business models and market-oriented dissemination for maximizing impact and wide adoption of these novel geothermal technologies and approaches.