Geothermal Energy

  • J. T. McMullan
  • A. S. Strub


Geothermal energy has been confirmed as being potentially a significant contributor to the Community’s supply of energy from indigenous resources. However, its expected contribution is limited by three factors:
  1. 1.

    Most of Europe’s geothermal resources are available at a low temperature.

  2. 2.

    It is necessary to have water associated with the heat source to permit heat transfer to the surface.

  3. 3.

    Deep drilling is expensive so that the exploitation of geothermal energy is economic only at certain privileged sites where there are geothermal reservoirs at reasonable depths with the additional constraint that there must be a suitable market for the heat.



Permeability Fatigue Convection Enthalpy Europe 


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© ECSC, EEC, EAEC, Brussels-Luxembourg 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. T. McMullan
    • 1
  • A. S. Strub
    • 2
  1. 1.New University of UlsterColeraineNorthern Ireland
  2. 2.Commission of the European CommunityBrusselsBelgium

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