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Geothermal Heat Sourcing

Geothermal Heat Sourcing 27 November 2020

Geothermal energy could be new heat source for Ireland, reports show..(via The Irish Times)

Kevin O’Sullivan

Heat from beneath Earth’s surface could be used in buildings, while decarbonising heat sector

Harnessing natural energy from beneath the Earth’s surface presents a significant new heat source for Ireland, and is suitable for use in residential, commercial and municipal buildings, two reports compiled for the Government conclude.

New developments in geoscience and technological advances mean geothermal energy is no longer limited to volcanic areas of the world, according to reports from the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) and Geological Survey Ireland (GSI).

The heat is derived beneath the surface of the Earth; water and/or steam carry this energy to the Earth’s surface so it can be used for heating and cooling purposes – or harnessed to generate clean electricity. Geothermal is a secure, environmentally sustainable and cost–effective source of renewable energy, the reports underline.

In Ireland’s case it can be used to heat a wide variety of buildings, while at the same time decarbonise the heat sector, which is responsible for more than one–third of the country’s energy consumption.

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