The project seeks to create a computer tool to
implement energy saving measures in a region of China
(still to be defined), according to geomorphological and
constructive resources, considering geothermal energy
and rehabilitation, in a map of valorisation by region, with
savings and environmental benefits.
Considering that the energy cost implies important
increasingly expenses due to the strong rise in the price of
electricity and / or the upward trend in fuel costs, we are
trying to work in the line of supporting measures to help
Likewise, from the environmental point of view, the
commitment to the use of renewable energies is
strengthened. The demand for energy in buildings
depends on many variables, but the air conditioning
represents a significant percentage, and that is why
finding an efficient system for the air conditioning of
buildings leads to significant economic savings. Besides,
as long as the new solution is based on renewable energy,
there is a strong contribution to environmental
In existing buildings, development will focus on both
indoor and the thermal enclosures, since just with
improvements in thermal insulation, energy savings of up
to 70% can be achieved.
That is why rehabilitation is particularly important in
the search for the energy efficiency required by legislation
and it produces significant energy and savings economic.
GEOTER would carry out the energy rehabilitation with
geothermal energy, and would need a company that will
be responsible for building rehabilitation, as well as the
development of the computer tool.
Eventually, the project's goal is to optimize buildings
in two ways: first, by improving the thermal cover to
reduce energy losses, and second by using renewable
energy such as geothermal energy to reduce the demand
of energy coming from fossil fuels.
The joint application of energy and building
rehabilitation allows promoting efficiency measures, which
should be applied according to the characteristics of the
different regions; so it will be necessary to generate a
reliable data set that allows the efficient application of this
energy optimization from both the economic and the
energy point of view. To this end, a tool will be developed
for the analysis of potential energy saving combinations
based on the interaction of the different technologies and
the available resources.
Among the innovative elements of this project, it
should be noted that there will be an analysis of the
energy saving potential that will correlate the reduction of
demand with the inclusion of a renewable technology of
high potential and performance, such as low enthalpy
geothermal energy. It will also develop a tool to collect
this result and ease the design and optimization of
rehabilitation measures and sustainable construction and
implementation of geothermal facilities.
In addition, this project offers the possibility of
creating plans to promote energy saving measures that
jointly contemplate rehabilitation and geothermal actions,
assessing their suitability together.
It is of great interest to know the potential of low
enthalpy geothermal energy and to develop a
methodology for implementation in the target areas, since
in many countries where geothermal energy is widely
diffused, it there is a lack of these studies, which has been
identified as one of the main causes that slow execution of
geothermal installations down.