The role of shallow geothermal energy in the future renewable district heating and cooling networks

Webinar with Diego Viesi (FBK) on the role of geothermal energy in future renewable district heating and cooling networks, and to discover the real case study located at the Madonna Bianca neighborhood in the city of Trento

FBK virtual event

Via Sommarive, Povo

Shallow geothermal energy has the potential to play a crucial role in future renewable district heating and cooling networks.

However, to size, model, and design such systems, an accurate underground survey campaign is necessary, providing on-site geological, hydrogeological, and thermophysical parameters. This is particularly true in geologically complex environments such as mountain ones.

During this webinar, hosted by Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Diego Viesi will present a real case study located at the Madonna Bianca neighborhood in the city of Trento (North Italy, in an Alpine valley), where a comprehensive geological survey campaign has been conducted by using traditional and innovative techniques. The aim was to size a low-temperature district heating with integrated ground source heat pumps, also evaluating its thermal effects on the underground by using a 3D hydro-thermal finite element modeling (FEM).


  • 14.30-14:35: Welcome address and introduction to the webinar
  • 14:35-14:50: The district heating challenges. The real case of Madonna Bianca, Trento
  • 14:50-15:05: Q&A
  • 15:05-15:10: Conclusions

The webinar will be moderated by Mark Thompson, communication officer at ICONS.

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