Shallow geothermal energy: R&D and commercialisation experience in Australia.


Event details

Date 15.01.2024
Hour 11:0012:00
Speaker Prof Guillermo Narsilio, Deputy Head of Department (Infrastructure Engineering), University of Melbourne. Invited Professor at LMS.
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
Abstract: The use of ground source heat pump (GSHP) or shallow geothermal energy systems has already proven to be a viable alternative to provide space heating and cooling. However, while the number of installations in Australia and the world are steadily increasing, there is still a lack of general awareness among engineers, architects, and the general public alike. In this talk, we summarise the works undertaken to date at The University of Melbourne for the use of such technology using close loop systems in residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects, including the dual use of geo-structures as both foundations and heat exchange elements (e.g., “energy geo-structures”). In addition, an overview of future R&D directions of the group and rationale for the academic visit to EPFL will be provided. This include learning from its academics and partners as well as exploring collaborations on deep geothermal energy systems for green hydrogen production and storage, biocementation and the use of biosolids in infrastructure (transport) projects, and the integration into digital twins.
Little bio: Prof Narsilio is Deputy Head of the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne (2020–today) and Chair of the ISSMGE Technical Committee 308 on Energy Geotechnics. He is a former member of the ARC College of Experts (2018–2021). Dr Narsilio is also a past Chair of the Australian Geomechanics Society (Victoria Chapter, 2019–2020) and a former Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow.
Dr Narsilio received his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering (2006) and his Masters in Mathematics (2006) and in Geotechnical Engineering (2003) from Georgia Institute of Technology (US). He obtained his Civil Engineering degree from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina) in 2001. He undertook his postdoctoral experience at the University of Melbourne where he is now a Professor. His research interests include numerical modelling, multi-scale porous material characterisation and performance and the (sustainable) energy industry; with emphasis on basic and applied shallow and deep geothermal energy systems and the use of AI. ​


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free
  • This event is internal


  • LMS    


  • Dr Alessio Ferrari


geothernal energy

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