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Local college could be first buyer of heat from new geothermal project the Netherlands

By District Energy posted 12-08-2020 17:40


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Local Deltion College and the municipality of Zwolle sign agreement on a potential connection of the college to a new district heating network fed by a geothermal project in Holtenbroek, Netherlands.

The Deltion College and the municipality of Zwolle will investigate whether the building of the school can be connected to the heat network that is being constructed in Holtenbroek. Deltion is currently still largely heated with natural gas and sees heating the building with heat from a geothermal source as a great opportunity to make the campus more sustainable. Bert Beun, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deltion College and Monique Schuttenbeld, Alderman for the Energy Transition Municipality of Zwolle, signed the letter of intent on Thursday 3 December.

With the declaration of intent, the municipality and Deltion agree that they will jointly investigate whether connecting to the heat network is feasible in terms of technology and costs. The planning is also considered.

By 2050, buildings in the Netherlands will no longer be heated with natural gas. The buildings and houses in Zwolle are also supplied with heat in a different way. Geothermal energy from geothermal energy is one of the alternative energy sources that can be used to make Zwolle natural gas-free. Geothermal energy uses the warm water present in deep layers of the earth. The heat obtained is transported to homes and other buildings via a heat exchanger and a pipe system (heat network). The cooled water is returned to the substrate.

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