Geothermal drilling – research in Utrecht, the Netherlands | ThinkGeoEnergy
East of the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands, there are plans to drill geothermal energy that could heat the local district heating system.
In a few years, a research drilling will take place in the municipality of Utrecht, De Bilt or Zeist to collect data on the possibilities of geothermal heat as a sustainable energy source.
The location for this will be east of the city of Utrecht, but where exactly is not yet known.
The drilling will be carried out by Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN). This is a research project for future geothermal energy projects in the rest of the Netherlands. That’s why EBN’s eye fell on this spot. Different types of soil layers overlap here. An EBN spokesperson: “This is a good area for a first drilling, because here we can simultaneously drill many different layers which are also present in the rest of the Netherlands. In this way, you can quickly collect a lot of data. That’s why we ended up here.
By using geothermal energy, it may be possible in the future to heat houses in a sustainable way. With the results of the drilling, EBN wants to lower the threshold for energy companies to invest in geothermal energy.
For the project in Utrecht, drilling will be carried out to a depth of approximately three kilometers. The derrick is thirty meters high and the drilling is carried out by a kind of screwdriver with screw piles. This requires an area of about two football fields. The study will last from six months to a year.
The municipality of Utrecht declared in a letter to the council that it did not plan to start drilling before 2023. The test is therefore really only intended for research: the installation is not suitable for supplying homes with geothermal energy. Three other geothermal projects are already underway in the region.
Source: RTV Utrecht