Trentino takes another step forward towards the production of energy from renewable sources – an initiative to which the Province has been firmly committed for several years. Last December, during the course of a conference organized by the Bruno Kessler Foundation in Trento, the geothermal map of Trentino was illustrated.
What exactly is a geothermal map? It is an instrument which makes it possible to assess which areas of the Province are the most suitable for the installation of geothermal heat pumps which can meet all the heating, cooling and hot water requirements of homes and public buildings throughout the year.
During the research the microclimatic configuration, heating requirements, hydrogeological and thermo-physical characteristics of the subsoil and the potential for geothermal heat exchange technology have been analysed and mapped.
The areas which offer the greatest potential for geothermal heat exchangers are marked on the map in red.
The map is the result in cartographic form of the GEOTERM project, which aims to assess the suitability and potential of the Province of Trento for the installation of energy production plant of this type. The geothermal map has been developed by the Bruno Kessler Foundation’s ARES (Applied Research on Energy Systems) Unit together with the Department of Geosciences at the University of Padua and the Geological Service of the Autonomous Province of Trento, therefore it’s a valid tool for the responsible and sustainable development of this technology.
Geothermal heat pumps are currently among the most promising options for reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, cutting the emission of pollutants and increasing the energy efficiency of buildings. There is the added advantage, of course, that this kind of energy would be generated and distributed using local renewable sources: the heat from the ground.