Geothermal Potential of Tunnel Infrastructures - Development of Tools at the City-Scale of Basel

Epting, Jannis and Baralis, Matteo and Künze, Rouven and Mueller, Matthias H. and Insana, Alexandra and Barla, Marco and Huggenberger, Peter. (2019) Geothermal Potential of Tunnel Infrastructures - Development of Tools at the City-Scale of Basel. Geothermics, 83. p. 101734.

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This work presents preliminary evaluation elements for geothermal potential assessment and thermal influences of planned tunnel infrastructures for the urban agglomeration of Basel (Switzerland). In dependence of the tunnel type (motorway or railway) as well as its location related to the geological and hydrogeological settings different solutions for shallow geothermal energy systems (SGE) are investigated. ‘Passive’ and ‘active’ SGE have been evaluated, including heat-exchanging segments installed in tunnel lining structures and thermal exploitation of water circulating in culvert systems. First results suggest that thermal activation of a planned railway tunnel is most efficient where it is located within groundwater-saturated zones of the unconsolidated rock deposits. In summer, thermal power of 3.7 and 1.4 MW can be exchanged from two 736 and 284 m-long tunnel sections, respectively. Accordingly, in standard heat pump operating conditions a thermal energy of 10.4 and 3.8 GWh can be delivered for ‘cooling’. In winter, thermal power of 1.9 and 0.7 MW can be exchanged, respectively, and a thermal energy of 5.2 and 1.9 GWh can be delivered for ‘heating’. SGE within culverts reveals to be favorable in heating mode only and for sections where the motorway tunnel runs perpendicular to the regional groundwater flow field and where ambient groundwater temperatures are high. Under such conditions along a 320 m-long tunnel section thermal power of up to 0.4 MW can be provided in summer and 0.8 MW in winter, respectively, and thermal energy of 1.1 GWh in summer and 2.1 GWh in winter, can be delivered.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Applied Geology (Huggenberger)
UniBasel Contributors:Epting, Jannis and Huggenberger, Peter
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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