Monday, July 23, 2018

Serbia: Good Potential for Geothermal District Heating in Vojvodina Province

Dreams About Clean and Renewable Energy In One Small Municipality In South-Eastern Serbia (Science Trends)


In Serbia, there are more than 240 thermo-mineral springs(THM-s). The municipality of Kursumlija covers an area of 952 km2, but the number of THM-s is huge. Also in this area are three official and ten unofficial spas. The indoor temperatures in the spas are between 200C and 680C, and they are valuable for space heating, balneology, greenhouse heating, etc.

After detailed analysis, results concluded that the biggest potential exists in the North-East edge of the municipality. The total energy in the whole territory is 620TJ/year, or 19.6MWt, which could be enough to heat  500 households or more than 100,000 sq. meters.

Furthermore, this area represents only 1% of the territory but produces 25% of the total geothermal energy in comparison with the province of Vojvodina. For numerical analysis, we included elevation of geothermal energy and also used energy dispersion in three dimensions. 12.9 km2 can be used for heating and producing electricity since these belts cover an area between 300 and 500 m of elevation.

These findings are described in the article entitled A GIS-based method for analysis of a better utilization of thermal-mineral springs in the municipality of Kursumlija (Serbia), recently published in the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

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