Underground Thermal Energy Storage: Environmental Risks and Policy Developments in the Netherlands and European Union

dc.contributor.authorBonte, Matthijs
dc.contributor.authorStuyfzand, Pieter J.
dc.contributor.authorHulsmann, Adriana
dc.contributor.authorVan Beelen, Patrick
dc.coverage.countryNetherlandsen_US
dc.coverage.regionEuropeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-11T18:06:52Z
dc.date.available2011-07-11T18:06:52Z
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.description.abstract"We present an overview of the risks that underground thermal energy storage (UTES) can impose on the groundwater system, drinking water production, and the subsurface environment in general. We describe existing policy and licensing arrangements for UTES in the Netherlands, as well as the capability of the current and future Dutch policy and legal framework to minimize or mitigate risks from UTES on groundwater resources. A survey at the European Union member state level indicates that regulation and research on the potential impacts of UTES on groundwater resources and the subsurface environment often lag behind the technological development of and ever-growing demand for this renewable energy source. The lack of a clear and scientifically underpinned risk management strategy implies that potentially unwanted risks might be taken at vulnerable locations such as near well fields used for drinking water production, whereas at other sites, the application of UTES is avoided without proper reasons. This means that the sustainability of UTES as a form of renewable energy is currently not fully understood, and the technology may be compromising the natural resilience of the subsurface environment. We recognize three main issues that should be addressed to secure sustainable application of UTES: Scientific research is required to further elucidate the impacts of UTES on groundwater; cross-sectoral subsurface planning is required to minimize negative conflicts between UTES and other subsurface interests; and EU-wide guidelines and standards are required for quality assurance and control when installing UTES systems."en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournalEcology and Societyen_US
dc.identifier.citationmonthMarchen_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber1en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume16en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/7465
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subjectgroundwateren_US
dc.subjectwater qualityen_US
dc.subjectland tenure and useen_US
dc.subject.sectorLand Tenure & Useen_US
dc.subject.sectorWater Resource & Irrigationen_US
dc.titleUnderground Thermal Energy Storage: Environmental Risks and Policy Developments in the Netherlands and European Unionen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.type.methodologyCase Studyen_US
dc.type.publishedpublisheden_US
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