About this event

Student Energy
Date and time
Nov 27, 2023 17:15 - 19:00
Lust - Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat 58


“Decarbonisation of the residential heating sector – what role can geothermal heat pumps play?”

Heating and cooling accounts for nearly 80% of the final energy use per household in the European Union. Currently, the bulk energy for heating and cooling is generated from fossil fuels and therefore the sector is in high need of decarbonization and reduction of energy consumption. Geothermal heat pumps, where vertical boreholes of tens or a few hundreds of meters length extract heat from the shallow subsurface, can be used for both heating and cooling. Due to the constant temperature in the subsurface they perform better than the more common air-water heat pumps. What role could geothermal heat pumps play in a future low-carbon heating sector and what are the pitfalls? How can we identify areas where their use is sensible and where other means of heat supply will be needed? These and your questions will be answered in the enerbeers lecture!


About the speaker:

Dr. Johannes Miocic is an assistant professor for geo-energy at the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen, University of Groningen. He was previously an assistant professor for sedimentology and quaternary research at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His research is focused on the utilization of the subsurface in sustainable energy systems, including the safety of subsurface CO2 and hydrogen storage, and shallow geothermal energy. He also works on improving the understanding of the Groningen gas field, where hydrocarbon extraction has led to reservoir compaction and induced seismicity. 


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