Lecture: Groundwater Resources & Geothermal Energy

Groundwater resources and geothermal energy: new development perspectives in the renewables. Presented by Dr Stefano Lo Russo

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Groundwater resources and geothermal energy: new development perspectives in the renewables


The planning of rational heating and cooling systems for urban and rural areas play a key role in the renewable energy development in any climatic condition. The energy sustainability depends on the annual energy request, the population density and the efficiency in heat production. Groundwater plays a crucial role in the assessment of the potentials of such alternative technologies. Open-loop groundwater heat pumps (GWHPs) are considered one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly air-conditioning systems and among the best options where aquifers conditions are suitable.

Stefano Lo Russo Bio

Stefano Lo Russo Ph.D., is Full Professor in Hydrogeology and Engineering geology, Petroleum and Mining Geology, Geothermal Energy in the Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. He was born in Torino (Italy) on October 15th, 1975. Graduated cum laude in Geological Sciences in 1999 he holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in 2004. In 2000 he acquired the title of Professional Geologist and started working as a consultant in the field of engineering geology and groundwater. Since 2002 he worked as geologist over 4 years on Water planning Department of the Piemonte regional authority . During this period he was also E.C.- DG Enlargement expert for training projects in the European eastern countries (TAIEX) and member of WG 2C of DG Environment on protected areas for the implementation of WFD (2000/60/EC). He was Assistant Professor at Politecnico from 2007 until 2014 and Associate Professor since 2014 until 2017. He is author and co-author of several national and international peer-reviewed publications, and appears in various conference and symposium proceedings. He is member of the IAH (International Association of Hydrogeologists), EGU (European Geosciences Union), AIGA (Italian Association of Applied Geology). He is member of the Executive Committee of the GEAM Association.

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