You’ve probably heard about geothermal energy before, but what about geoenergy?
Geoenergy is a form of shallow geothermal energy that provides low carbon heating and cooling for buildings.
Geoenergy works by using the Earth as a thermal battery. Regardless of the season, the soil temperature tens of meters below ground is constant while the surface air temperature varies. Geoenergy installations take advantage of this difference, transferring stored heat from the ground when it’s cold and reversing the process when it’s hot—providing virtually carbon-free thermal comfort to buildings year-round.
According to the World Economic Forum, 15 percent of global carbon emissions—about 6 gigatons of CO2 annually—come from heating and cooling buildings. That’s the equivalent impact of about 1.3 billion gasoline-powered cars, which nearly exceeds the number of cars in use in the world today. Geoenergy solutions deployed at scale can help measurably reduce this footprint.
Not only does geoenergy have a low carbon profile, but it’s also sourced at the point of use. This appeals to building owners, municipalities and nations alike looking for ways to balance emissions reduction goals with energy access and energy security.
Geoenergy—also known as geothermal heating and cooling—tends to work best in areas that have both cold and warm weather. Geoenergy solutions can be installed in new buildings, existing buildings or for district heating and cooling applications.
Early this year, Celsius Energy was awarded a contract for one of the ten largest geoenergy projects in Europe and the largest ever in France.
This project—based in the country’s eastern region—will provide heating and cooling to dozens of buildings by combining geoenergy and waste heat from the world's largest particle accelerator.
Celsius Energy is also finalizing the installation of its solution in our Stonehouse Technology Center in Stonehouse, UK. This second installation at an SLB facility will be completed before next winter.
Throughout 2023 and beyond, Celsius Energy will focus on expanding its geoenergy solution in Europe and entering the North American markets, focusing on the Northeast U.S. and Canada.
For more information about Celsius Energy, visit celsiusenergy.com
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