The Hidden Side Of Cities: Using Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage For Energy Saving
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Marc is a PhD researcher at the Policy Analysis section of TU Delft’s Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. Following undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering in Canada, Marc gained experience in the field of energy efficiency consulting, which led him to develop an interest in a broad range of issues related to sustainable development. Marc then pursued graduate studies in Engineering and Policy Analysis at TU Delft, graduating with a thesis on the financing of solar portable lighting in Cameroon.

His current research focuses on long-term uncertainties in smart energy systems, using case studies for the governance of Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) in The Netherlands. This project will combine qualitative stakeholder research, agent-based modeling, and detailed hydrological models, to test how different ATES governance schemes may influence the adoption of ATES in urban areas – and to evaluate how this may in turn affect the sustainability of aquifer resources.

                       

The Hidden Side Of Cities: Using Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage For Energy Saving

Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) systems contribute to reducing fossil energy consumption by seasonally storing heat in underground aquifers. Combined with a heat pump, these systems can provide more sustainable heating and cooling for buildings, and they can reduce the use of energy in bigger buildings by more than half. ATES is therefore important for the energy transition in many urban areas in North America, Europe, and Asia. In the Netherlands, where shallow aquifers make the technology especially cost-effective, ATES...

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