The EU funded Cheap-GSHPs project (Cheap and efficient application of reliable Ground Source Heat exchangers and Pumps ) aims to reduce capital and operating costs of shallow geothermal installation for heating and cooling, as well as improve their safety during installation and operation.
To achieve these goals the project is improving drilling and installation machines and is developing new designs of ground source heat exchangers (GSHEs), in combination with a holistic approach for optimum selection, design and implementation of complete systems across different underground and climate conditions. This is being accomplished by drastically improving the existing, innovative vertical borehole installation technologies and methodology.
Furthermore, Cheap-GSHPs is developing a decision support system covering the geological aspects, feasibility and economic evaluations based on different plant set-up options, selection, design, installation, commissioning and operation of low enthalpy geothermal systems. A novel heat pump for high temperatures is also being developed within the project.
Cheap-GSHPs will reduce the total cost of low enthalpy geothermal systems by 20% to 30%, which will favour wider application of shallow geothermal systems for heating and cooling.
For more information visit the project's website at the link provided below.
Project duration: 2015-06-01 to 2019-05-31