Heat and Energy

Heat and Energy

11 Oct 2017, 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Theatre 2, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
English (Australia)

Chairperson: Dermot Costello, WA Manager, Clean Energy Council


Innovative Applications of Shallow Geothermal Technology

Riyan Aditya, PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne

Electricity is one of the most utilised energy sources for heating and cooling of buildings in Australia. Most of this electricity is generated from fossil fuels such as coal, which traditionally provides low cost and reliable energy. However, burning coal to generate electricity releases significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (especially in Victoria) making Australia’s electricity one of the most emission intensive in the world. To achieve long term sustainability, Australian electricity consumption needs to be reduced. One way to contribute to the reduction of electricity consumption is by utilizing high efficiency shallow geothermal heating and cooling of buildings. Utilisation of this technology can reduce baseload and peak electricity consumption, leading to cost savings for end users and network benefits. 

This presentation will provide a short overview of shallow geothermal technology, its applications as well as discuss actual performance data from several shallow geothermal systems in Victoria. Then, the presentation will focus on innovative and cutting-edge applications of shallow geothermal systems such as by energy geostructures. This term refers to piles, retaining walls and tunnel linings turned into ground heat exchangers of shallow geothermal systems. By turning basements, roads and metro tunnels in our cities into a source of cheap, clean and reliable energy we can help to secure Australia’s sustainable energy future. 


Looking at the potential of ground source heat pumps for heating and cooling

Dr Graeme Beardsmore, President, Australian Geothermal Association


  • Dermot Costello


    WA Manager

    Clean Energy Council

  • Riyan Aditya


    PhD candidate

    University of Melbourne

    Riyan Aditya is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne conducting research on shallow geothermal energy. Part of his work includes monitoring...

  • Dr Graeme Beardsmore



    Australian Geothermal Association

    Graeme received a PhD in Geophysics from Monash University in 1996. He worked with geothermal researchers in China (Changsha Institute of...

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