Friday, June 23, 2017

Netherlands: Geothermal Energy Could Power the Largest Port in Europe

Rotterdam Port Authority To Explore Geothermal Options In Port Area (Port of Rotterdam)

In view of the strong energy demand in Rotterdam’s industrial sector, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is currently examining which options there are to extract geothermal energy from deep within our planet’s crust. 

After all, after descending some 5 km into the Earth, the temperature has already risen to around 170°C. If this heat is transferred to the surface in the form of hot water, it may form a good source of sustainable energy for industrial purposes – particularly the production of steam. 

Furthermore, after being used by industry (and having cooled off a bit further), the hot water can also be used to heat homes and greenhouses via a regional heat network.