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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Geothermal energy research at Utrecht, Netherlands

It is estimated than in the upcoming years, a research drilling will happen in the municipality of Utrecht, Zeist or De Bilt in order to gather data about the options of geothermal heat as a source of long-term energy.

So far, the location for this research will take place in the east of the city of Utrecht, but the exact place is yet to be confirmed.

Energie Beheer Nederland (EBD) is the one who will carry out the drilling. This research project for upcoming geothermal energy projects creates the pavement for the rest of projects in the Netherlands. It is one of the reasons as to why EBN wanted to start on this location since there is a variety of earth layers that are on top of each other.

A representative of EBN said that ”This is a good area for a first drilling, because here we can drill many layers at once that are also present in the rest of the Netherlands. This way you can quickly collect a lot of data. That is why we ended up here.”

Geothermal energy is estimated to make the houses in the future have a sustainable heat. EBN aims for the results of drilling to lower the approach of energy companies and their investments in geothermal energy.

The drilling in Utrecht will be made to a depth of around 3 kilometers. With a 30 meters high derrick, the drilling will be done through a pile driver that has screw piles. All of this will need an area of around 2 football fields, whereas the study of it will take as long as 6 months to a year.

In a letter to the council, the municipality of Utrecht has said that the drilling is not expected to begin before 2023, which means that the trial is simply for research purposes. There are 3 other projects that are currently focusing on geothermal energy and that are already in progress in the region.

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