Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels is one of the greatest challenges presently facing humanity. One way to reduce this dependency, is to increase our thermal groundwater heat pump usage for heating and cooling in urban environments. Careful placement and usage of these groundwater heat pumps is critical for optimal use of the shallow subsurface. The Geo.KW project is a joint project between numerous academic and industrial partners to develop a tool to optimise this usage in the city of Munich. This optimization is performed by coupling subsurface flow solvers together with an energy system optimization software, such that a cost optimal scenario for heat pump usage throughout the city can be found.
Further Information is available at the Geo.KW project page.