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Geothermal Suitability Maps (Ground-Source Heat)

Geothermal Suitability Maps (Ground-Source Heat)

Geological Survey Ireland have developed a voluntary database of ground source heat installations, and draft best practice guidelines for ground source heat installations. The guidelines, maps and database have been developed to meet some of the shortcomings in the ground source sector: 

a) limited national, geological information relating to geothermal energy,

b) no legislation for the installation of shallow systems, and 

c) no best practice guidelines for installation/use, for either industry/providers, or potential end users.

The project team included SLR Consulting, Arup, GeoServ and Conodate. We collaborated with government departments and agencies such as SEAI, EMD, EPA, geothermal and other industry organisations (e.g. Geothermal Association of Ireland, Heat Pump Association of Ireland), local authorities, academic institutes and consultants (e.g. drilling, hydrogeological, architects) as required, to gather all available, relevant information (including regulatory) in order to develop these maps.

If you are interested in shallow geothermal energy and have a query or wish to receive more information, or if you can contribute data on installations that you have developed or have been involved with, please get in touch with the project team at

For more information on the Shallow Geothermal Energy Resource Project:

Presentations and documentation from the Workshop