Ground Source Heat Exchangers

Improve actual drilling/installation technologies and designs of Ground Source Heat Exchangers (GSHE’s)

Specialists in different disciplines

Multidisciplinary specialists in physics, climatology, mechanics, engineering, architecture and technology (device construction).

17 European Partners Consortium

Italy, Belgium, Greece, Germany, France, Ireland, Romania, Spain and Switzerland – well balanced geographical representation.

Reduce installation costs

Cheap-GSHPs aims to reduce installation costs of GSHE’s up to 25-30% and reduction of CO2 emissions of 1.800 T/y.


The end-event of the Cheap-GHSP Project will be held at the premises of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe in Venice, Italy, on 22-23 May 2019.
The international workshop will shed light on promising innovations in shallow geothermal power systems.

Workshop and training courses!

Between February 2019 and April 2019, the EU funded project Cheap-GSHPs is offering – FREE OF CHARGE! – extremely interesting national workshops and training courses!
Don’t miss this opportunity!

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Project Information

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The main goal of GEO4CIVHIC is to develop and demonstrate easier to install and more efficient GSHEs, using innovative compact drilling machines tailored for the built environment & developing or adapting HPs and other hybrid solutions in combination with RES for retrofits through a holistic engineering and controls approach improving the return of investments.

Latest News

Cheap-GSHPs project article published on the European Commission’s CORDIS website

We are pleased to announce that our Cheap-GSHPs project has been published in an article in the ‘Results in Brief’ section of the European Commission’s CORDIS website.
The information is available in six languages.

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Tecnalia publishes information about the Cheap-GSHPs Project on the ECTP platform. Follow the link to read the entire publication: Cheap-GSHPs celebrates project’s final conference with its 3rd International Workshop
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EU flagEuropean Union’s Horizon 2020

Cheap-GSHPs project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 657982

Other EU Geothermal Research and Innovation Projects:

CHPM2030 | Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction
CHPM2030 aims to develop a novel and potentially disruptive technology solution that can help satisfy the European needs for energy and strategic metals in a single interlinked process.

DEEPEGS | Deployment of deep Enhanced Geothermal Systems for Sustainable Energy Business
The goal with the DEEPEGS project is to demonstrate the feasibility of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) for delivering energy from renewable resources in Europe.

Descramble | Drilling in dEep, Super-CRitical AMBient of continentaL Europe
The DESCRAMBLE project proposes to drill in continental-crust, super-critical geothermal conditions, and to test and demonstrate novel drilling techniques to control gas emissions, the aggressive environment and the high temperature/pressure expected from the deep fluids.

DESTRESS | Demonstration of soft stimulation treatments of geothermal reservoirs
DESTRESS is aimed at creating EGS (Enhanced geothermal systems) reservoirs with sufficient permeability, fracture orientation and spacing for economic use of underground heat. The concepts are based on experience in previous projects, on scientific progress and developments in other fields, mainly the oil & gas sector.

COST Action 1405
GABI | Geothermal energy Applications in Buildings and Infrastructure

The increased need for renewable energy sources has led to expansion of shallow geothermal applications for heating and/or cooling of buildings. The integration of heat exchangers in those elements of the structure that interface with the ground, such as foundations, tunnels and diaphragm walls, is particularly attractive because of the inherent cost saving involved in combining a required structural component with the harvesting of geothermal energy.

GEMex | Geothermal Cooperation Europe Mexico for EGS and super-hot geothermal systems
GEMex has the ambition to bring together the extended Mexican know how of discovering, developing, and deploying conventional geothermal energy systems with a variety of European expertise from similar geothermal energy systems (Italy, Iceland etc.), of developing EGS technology, and finding new approaches to make use of super-hot geothermal systems.

GeoPLASMA-CE is an Interreg Central Europe project dealing with different aspects of shallow geothermal use for heating and cooling in both urban and rural regions in Central Europe. In collaboration with geological surveys, universities, non-profit organizations, administrative bodies and private companies, new management strategies for the effective and sustainable use of shallow geothermal will be explored in six different pilot areas in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Slovenia. The project aims at generating web based information system for the visualization of shallow geothermal potential and risk. Moreover, it also intends to create an expert platform to connect experts and stakeholders in the field of shallow geothermal use in Central Europe.

GEOTeCH | Geothermal Technology for €conomic Cooling and Heating
The Energy Efficiency Directive sets out measures to achieve further savings in energy supply and use. Indeed buildings represent one of the biggest potential of unused energy savings.

GeoWell | Innovative materials and designs for long-life high-temperature geothermal wells
New concepts for high-temperature geothermal well technologies are strongly needed to accelerate the development of geothermal resources for power generation in Europe and worldwide in a cost effective and environmentally friendly way. The GeoWell project will address the major bottlenecks like high investment and maintenance costs by developing innovative materials and designs that are superior to the state of the art concepts.

hybrid GEOTABS
GEOTABS hybrid is an active research project to optimise the pre-design and operation of a hybrid combination of geothermal heat pumps (GEO-HP) and thermally activated building systems (TABS). It will design an improved, automated ‘Model Predictive Control’ (MPC) solution for testing on hybrid supply and emission systems in demonstration buildings such as offices, elderly care homes, schools and apartment blocks. Applying MPC to hybrid GEOTABS optimises the performance and efficiency, making it more economically attractive and increasing take up.

The Green Heat Pump Project
The goal of the GreenHP project is to investigate and develop a new highly efficient heating system based on high-capacity air/water heat pumps for retrofitting multi-family houses and commercial buildings with a focus on cities. This high power heat pump system will use an alternative refrigerant and will interact with large (renewable) energy systems, like the smart grid in particular, and will include other renewable energy sources, like photovoltaic and solar thermal, as well as energy storage.

IMAGE | Integrated Methods for Advanced Geothermal Exploration
IMAGE is a European project involving 20 partners from 9 different countries. Goal of the project is to develop an integrated geothermal exploration approach based on state-of-the-art scientific methods. The project is co-funded for four years by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) and started on the 1st of November 2013.

ITER | Improving Thermal Efficiency of hoRizontal ground heat exchangers
The project ITER (acronym for Improving Thermal Efficiency of hoRizontal ground heat exchangers) aims to ensure the sustainability of ground coupled heating-cooling systems and especially the horizontal ground heat exchangers systems.
In latin “ITER” means “travel” and this word represent the continuous personal and scientific progress related to research activity, focused, in this case, on very shallow geothermal energy topic.
ITER project has received funding from the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No.[661396-ITER].

MATChING | Materials Technologies for performance improvement of Cooling Systems in Power Plants
The goal of MATChING is the reduction of cooling water demand in the energy sector through innovative technological solutions, to be demonstrated in thermal and geothermal power plants.

SURE | Novel Productivity Enhancement Concept for a Sustainable Utilization of a Geothermal Resource
Within the EC funded Horizon 2020 project SURE the radial water jet drilling (RJD) technology will be investigated and tested as a method to increase inflow into insufficiently producing geothermal wells.

Thermodrill | Fast track innovative drilling system for deep geothermal challenges in Europe
The goal of the ThermoDrill project is to develop an innovative drilling system which will enable faster and cost-efficient drilling.

Renewable Heating and Cooling European Technology and Innovation Platform The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling, aims at playing a decisive role in maximising synergies and strengthening efforts towards research, development and technological innovation which will consolidate Europe’s leading position in the sector.

GEOCOND – Advanced materials and processes to improve performance and cost-efficiency of Shallow Geothermal systems and Underground Thermal Storage