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Geothermal tanks


Green shield - Industrial Design

March, Hugstetten - Germany

Geothermal energy is heating energy from the earth—Geo (earth) + thermal (heat).

Geothermal resources are reservoirs of hot water that exist or are human made at varying temperatures and depths below the earth's surface. Wells, ranging from a few feet to several miles deep, can be drilled into underground reservoirs to tap steam and very hot water that can be brought to the surface for use in a variety of applications, including electricity generation, direct use, and heating and cooling.

Benefits of Geothermal Energy

Renewable—The heat flowing from Earth’s interior is continually replenished by the decay of naturally occurring radioactive elements and will remain available for billions of years.
Baseload—Geothermal power plants produce electricity consistently and can run essentially 24 hours per day/7 days per week, regardless of weather conditions.

Domestic—Resources can be harnessed for power production and heating and cooling without importing fuel.

Small footprint—Geothermal power plants and geothermal heat pumps are compact. Geothermal power plants use less land per gigawatt-hour (404 m2) than comparable-capacity coal (3,642 m2), wind (1,335 m2), and solar photovoltaic (PV) power stations (3,237 m2). GHPs can be retrofitted or integrated in new buildings.

Clean—Modern geothermal power plants emit no greenhouse gasses and have life cycle emissions four times lower than solar PV, and six to 20 times lower than natural gas. Geothermal power plants consume less water on average over the lifetime energy output than most conventional electricity-generation technologies.

This design is based on the concepts described above and generates hot water and heating floors (radiating floor technology) for a small city in Germany (March Hugstetten).

The main improvement on this project is that we incorporate living vegetation in to the tanks so they mimetite in the gardens and also the vegetation helps to clean the small Carbon dioxide emissions produced and convert the whole system almost 100% clean, turning these tanks into a kind of natural shrub in the area.