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Shallow Geothermal Energy

Theory and Application

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  • Includes numerous color figures
  • Presents two special chapters of real cases
  • Includes all main equations and numerical models used in shallow geothermal energy studies

Part of the book series: Springer Hydrogeology (SPRINGERHYDRO)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)


About this book

This book is the outcome of more than a decade of research and technical development activities at Spain’s Geological Survey (IGME) concerning shallow geothermal energy, which were pursued in collaboration with other public bodies and European entities. It presents a compilation of papers on the theoretical foundations of, and practical aspects needed to understand the thermal regime of the topmost subsoil, up to 400 m deep, and the exceptional properties that this underground environment offers, which make it the ideal thermal reservoir for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). 

In the book’s first section, the basic theory of thermodynamics as applied to shallow geothermal energy, heat transfer and fluid mechanics in the geological porous medium is developed. The nature of the subsoil’s thermal regime in general and in the urban environment in particular is described. The second section introduces readers to the fundamental aspects of thermal installationsequipped with geothermal heat pumps, describes the types of geothermal exchangers most commonly used, and reviews the techniques used to obtain the thermal parameters of the terrain. It also discusses the potential environmental impacts of shallow geothermal activity and corresponding management strategies, as well as the legal aspects of its regulation for the governance of shallow geothermal resources in the EU in general and Spain in particular. In closing, the book highlights examples of the methodologies’ applications, developed by IGME in the city of Zaragoza and the Canary Islands. 

The theoretical foundations, systematics and concrete applications make the book a valuable reference source for hydrogeologists, engineers and specialized technicians alike.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain

    Alejandro García Gil, Eduardo Antonio Garrido Schneider, Miguel Mejías Moreno

  • Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, University of La Laguna (ULL), Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

    Juan Carlos Santamarta Cerezal

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Shallow Geothermal Energy

  • Book Subtitle: Theory and Application

  • Authors: Alejandro García Gil, Eduardo Antonio Garrido Schneider, Miguel Mejías Moreno, Juan Carlos Santamarta Cerezal

  • Series Title: Springer Hydrogeology

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-92257-3Published: 01 February 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-92260-3Published: 02 February 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-92258-0Published: 31 January 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2364-6454

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-6462

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 344

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations, 106 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Geology, Geophysics/Geodesy, Geotechnical Engineering & Applied Earth Sciences

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