Major geothermal resources in Denmark ready to be tapped  

2009.11.11
Copious supplies of hot water trapped in the porous sandstone layers beneath Denmark, reveals a large scale geological survey
Denmark can look forward to geothermal energy being a major district heating technology in the future, since it is now known that there are copious supplies of hot water trapped in the porous sandstone layers in Denmark's deep geological foundations, writes the Danish Energy Association in its daily newsletter.
 
GEUS, a large scale geological survey, has shown that the distribution of these hot water underground reservoirs is such that many of the existing district heating networks in Denmark can make use of geothermal heat.
 
Currently there are just two geothermal plants in Denmark, but the survey shows that 32 existing district heating plants supplying collectively more than 400 terajoules per year can potentially be converted to geothermal energy production, if further research shows it to be an economically viable proposition.
 
Denmark's first geothermal plant was established at Thisted in 1984, and the second on the island of Amager in 2005. The next plant is scheduled to open in 2011 in Sønderborg in southern Denmark.

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