Developers Warm to Small-Scale Geothermal

Ground Source Heat Pumps(GSHPs), and their application in geothermal heat extraction, have matured as a technology in recent years. But their take-up varies widely in Europe from country to country. Climatic and geological conditions differ a great deal, and economic circumstances and traditional construction methods are wildly dissimilar.

At the recent Ground Source Live! Conference in Peterborough, UK, Philippe Dumas, manager of the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), attempted to identify some of the reasons why countries such as Germany and Sweden lead the league table of developers, while those of the Baltic states, for example, lag considerably behind. Yet even in those countries that were quick to seize the initiative,

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