Webinar Series | The role of shallow geothermal energy in the future renewable district heating and cooling networks

Join us for a webinar on the role of geothermal energy in future renewable district heating and cooling networks, and to discover the real case study located at the Madonna Bianca neighborhood in the city of Trento

Shallow geothermal energy has the potential to play a crucial role in future renewable district heating and cooling networks.

However, to size, model, and design such systems, an accurate underground survey campaign is
necessary, providing on-site geological, hydrogeological, and thermophysical parameters. This is particularly true in geologically complex environments such as mountain ones.

During this webinar, hosted by Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Diego Viesi will present a real case study located at the Madonna Bianca neighborhood in the city of Trento (North Italy, in an Alpine valley), where a comprehensive geological survey campaign has been conducted by using traditional and innovative techniques. The aim was to size a low-temperature district heating with integrated ground source heat pumps, also evaluating its thermal effects on the underground by using a 3D hydro-thermal finite element modeling (FEM).

Below is the Agenda (all times in CET)

  • 14.30-14:35: Welcome address and introduction to the webinar
  • 14:35-14:50: The district heating challenges. The real case of Madonna Bianca, Trento
  • 14:50-15:05: Q&A
  • 15:05-15:10: Conclusions

The webinar will be moderated by Mark Thompson, communication officer at ICONS.

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Get to know the panelist

Diego Viesi is a Certified Italian Professional Geologist and Energy Manager. He has been working at Fondazione Bruno Kessler since 2013, as a research technologist in the energy departments of REET, ARES, and Sustainable Energy.

In 2021, Diego Viesi became Head of the Area Sustainable Territories in the Centre for Sustainable Energy (FBK-SE).

He specialises in renewable energy sources, energy planning, sustainable mobility, energy flexibility, building renovation, climate change, Smart Cities and Energy Communities. He has been involved in over 30 research projects at a regional, national, and European level, in some of which he was the Coordinator. He has contributed to the authorship of approximately 20 publications in both national and international journals within the topics of energy and environmental studies.