The German Geothermal Energy Association (GtV-Bundesverband Geothermie) updates the country’s developments list. The Netherlands is using geothermal for heating commercial greenhouses.
Germany: Fifty-nine Geothermal Projects Reported
An update on geothermal energy in Germany shows 23 plants in operation, with an installed thermal capacity of 222.95 MW. Furthermore, the German Geothermal Energy Association (GtV-Bundesverband Geothermie) reports on 59 projects, totaling 132 MW. Of these, sixteen are listed as “in development”; three are Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) projects; and 43 geothermal projects are classified as “in planning.” Geothermie.de
The Netherlands: Commercial Geothermal Growing
Analysis from Dutch banking group Rabobank sees geothermal growing in the country for uses such as heating commercial greenhouses. The bank finds that geothermal represents low variable costs compared to natural gas, and a technical life 20 to 25 years longer than combined heat and power (CHP) installations. Clara Van Der Elst, Rabobank analyst was quoted by Renewableenergyworld.com: “Geothermal energy is a particularly suitable primary energy source because of the greenhouse industry’s concentrated and high heat demand. We anticipate that more and more greenhouse growers in the Netherlands will be investigating the case for using geothermal energy. We expect the development of the current pipeline of granted applications to continue at a rate of three to five projects annually. To realise the full potential by 2020, we estimate that the project development rate would have to grow to ten projects annually.”