Will we soon be heating our houses with geothermal energy?

Geothermal energy is an energy source that can make the heating of buildings substantially more sustainable. In the context of the Interreg Project GEOHEAT APP, VITO/EnergyVille examined how geothermal energy can be extracted in the border region between Flanders and the Netherlands.

Geothermal energy is the heat energy stored beneath the earth's crust. Like wind and solar energy, it is a local and renewable form of energy that has the added benefit of being continuously available. This has advantages for heating buildings, since energy costs remain predictable and stable for longer times.

Geothermal energy can be extracted from specific fracture zones and from hot water aquifers. In collaboration with Dutch partners Grontmij NV and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), in 2013 and 2014 VITO examined the suitability of the border between Flanders and the Netherlands.

VITO/EnergyVille's role

VITO researchers drew up potential maps for four geothermal reservoirs in the Belgian-Dutch border region and linked these to the local demand for energy in Antwerp and Limburg.

GEOHEAT APP: facts & figures
  • Consortium consisting of VITO, TNO and Grontmij NV
  • Duration: January 2013 – June 2014
  • Budget: € 140,367.40
Geothermal energy is the heat energy stored beneath the earth's crust. Like wind and solar energy, it is a local and renewable form of energy that has the added benefit of being continuously available.