Climate Futures is one of the 12 research and business consortium partners in a geothermal energy heating and cooling research project funded by the EC's Horizon 2020 programme, under call EE-04.

GEOTABShybrid examines and improves on a combination of two technologies – geothermal heat systems linked to automated heating systems for large buildings. Heat can be pumped from the ground in the cold months to provide heating and pumped into the ground in the summer month for cooling.

As the lead partner for WP7 'dissemination and communication', we have built a website (www.hybridgeotabs.eu), are producing videos and managing a newsfeed as a part of the impact agenda of the project, which also includes a market dissemination programme and guidance for architects and developers.

The aim is to examine the operating parameters of this technology duo and improve efficiencies. A number of demonstration projects are being examined across Europe, including a housing scheme, care home and offices.

GEOTABShybrid will run for four years. Partners include the Universities of Ghent, Leuven and Maastricht, Energoklastr in the Czech Republic and heating installer, Uponor.

Delivering renewable heat is a considerable challenge for the EU, and the UK in particular, which produced only 2.2% of its heat from renewable sources in 2011. The EU has set itself a target of producing a 20% share of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Note: the 'official' proposal title for this project is ‘Model Predictive Control and Innovative System Integration of GEOTABS in Hybrid Low Grade Thermal Energy Systems’ (MPC-GT)