Cheap-GSHPs Newsletter 2


This second issue of the newsletter reflects the progress achieved by the project between June 1st, 2016 until December 31st, 2016.
CHEAP-GSHPs project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 657982. The project will run for 48 months, from June, 1st, 2015, until May 31st, 2019.

Cheap-GSHPs Project News

Museums and historical buildings as object of real and virtual demo cases

Many efforts were put in place by UNESCO and its tasks’ partners, on the assessments, consultations and field visits with stakeholders and further analysis undertaken to identify suitable and exemplary destination to apply the innovative solutions proposed by Cheap-GSHPs project. 

Penetrometer machine developments for heat basket type GSHEs

The penetrometer technology is the starting point for the installation of stainless steel coaxial GSHE and the development of a new drilling methodology optimized from the installation of heat baskets of reduced diameters using this new technique. 

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Optimized GSHE design combinations with expected performances and costs

Different co-axial ground heat exchanger solutions are studied in order to define the best choice from an energy efficiency and installation cost point of view.

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Guidelines for optimal selection of heat pumps

The different technologies of heat pump currently used are presented and also the summarized results of the selection tool which was implemented considering performance, economic and environmental aspects.

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DSS reference architecture

The document defines the overall system architecture, including the hardware components that will form the web-based system. It also defines the software modules that will form the system: the user interfaces (view), the user access control, the core of the DSS Engine that performs the calculations, and the access to the databases. These modules are explained in detail, including a description of each module, workflows representing the processing to be done, and the choice of technology for the developments. Last, the different databases and data models that will be necessary to implement are also determined.

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Legislation and regulation analysis brochures

The brochures provide a simple reference point of the requirements for the installation of GHE in different jurisdiction across Member States and in specific administrations considered in the CHEAPs project.

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Legislation and regulation analysis summary report

The main objective is to provide a summary of the analysis on the legislative and regulatory requirements that are in place at all the case study locations, with specific focus on the local conditions where real case studies are planned.

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Standards overview for each of the case study areas

The overview aims at categorizing available standards in Europe related to ground source heat pump systems and suggests ways to introduce the Cheap-GSHPs technology into them.

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Cheap-GSHPs Dissemination Events

Events happened between June 1st, 2016 – December 31st, 2016

Herrick Conferences 2016 – Purdue University (July 11-14, 2016)

During the conference, the partners from the Cheap-GSHPs consortium presented “Characterization of nanofluids formed by fumed Al2O3 in water for geothermal applications”.

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Blogg on the EU Smart Cities Information System (August 2016 issue)

Cheap-GSHPs project: a valuable experience in shallow geothermal systems for heating and cooling in buildings.

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Geothermal Technology Workshop

Geothermal Technology Workshop was organized by EGEC in Brussels, on September 8th, 2016.

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H2020 Workshop – Geothermal Research and Innovation Projects (September 9, 2016)

On September 9th, 2016, INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency) organized a workshop joining together all the H2020 geothermal research and innovation projects with the purpose of creating synergies between these projects.

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European Geothermal Congress (September 19-23, 2016)

During the congress, the partners from the Cheap-GSHPs consortium presented posters and papers.

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Conference Geo Tirol 2016 (September 27-28, 2016)

The conference “GeoTirol 2016” ( was hosted at the University of Innsbruck and acts as Annual Meeting of the German DGGV (Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft – Geologische Vereinigung).

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IGA Newsletter issue 105

IGA Newsletter issue 105 publishes information about the Cheap-GSHPs project – see pages 26-27.

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National Conference of the Association of the Romanian Building Services Engineers (October 12-14, 2016)

Between October 12 and 14, 2016, the Carpathian city of Sinaia has hosted the 51st edition of the National Conference of the Association of the Romanian Building Services Engineers. On this occasion, the Romanian Geoexchange Society has participated with a stand in the equipment exhibition.

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Conference SBE16 “Sustainable Synergies from Buildings to the Urban Scale” (October 17-19, 2016)

Between October 17-19, 2016, CRES attended the Conference SBE16 “Sustainable Synergies from Buildings to the Urban Scale”, organized in Thessaloniki, Greece.

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European Construction and Technology Platform Conference in Brussels, (November 17-18, 2016)

In the synergy promoted by the European Commission with regard to the funded geothermal projects, Cheap-GSHP and GeoTech have displayed a common poster presenting the main research directions of each project.

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14th Swiss Geoscience Meeting – Geneva, Switzerland (November 18-19, 2016)

On the occasion of this conference, SUPSI has presented the paper “Multi-parameter low-enthalpy geothermal mapping of Cantone Ticino” (elaborated by Rodolfo Perego, Sebastian Pera and M. Belliardi)

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4th management meeting in Erlangen - Germany (FAU, REHAU) - November 23-26, 2016

The 4th internal management meeting took place in Erlangen at the Friedrich-Alexander-University between 23rd and 25th November, 2016.

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German Geothermal Congress in Essen, Germany - December 1st, 2016

Presentation of the CHEAP-GSHPs project at an exchange workshop on mapping strategies for shallow geothermal potentials and risks in the framework of the German Geothermal Congress in Essen.

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Cheap-GSHPs Future Events

GeoTHERM 2017 Offenburg (Germany)

The next GeoTHERM is taking place on 15th-16th February 2017, in Offenburg (Germany). Now in its eleventh edition, the trade fair and congress is one of the most important showcases of the shallow and deep geothermal energy sector, with more than 40 countries represented last year.

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World Sustainable Energy Days – Wels, Austria - March 1-3, 2017

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5th management meeting in Valencia (Universidad Politechnica de Valencia)

The 5th internal management meeting will take place in Valencia at the Universidad Politechnica between 15-17 May, 2017.

Sustainable Energy Week – Brussels, Belgium – June 19-25, 2017

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Cheap-GSHPs Project Deliverables
between month 13 and month 18

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