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Government of Netherlands to financially participate in geothermal development

By District Energy posted 03-25-2019 10:12


Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy


The government will participate financially in projects to extract geothermal heat for the heating of houses and buildings. In the coming years, the cabinet wants to start taking residential areas off the gas and geothermal heat or geothermal energy is one of the important alternatives, writes Minister Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate in a letter to the Lower House.

Energiebeheer Nederland (EBN), a natural gas exploration, production, transportation and sale company owned by the Dutch Government, engaged also in oil extraction projects in the Netherlands, will therefore enter geothermal energy on behalf of the government.

With geothermal energy, deep water is drilled into hot water that is used to heat greenhouses, houses or buildings. The cooled water is then pumped back into the soil via another pipeline. That way the bottom is not disturbed.

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