Working together to deliver sustainable heat in the Oude Rijn area
The energy transition is ongoing. We are working in close collaboration with the municipalities and other stakeholders to include geothermal energy as one of the solutions in this energy transition.
There is sufficient subsurface data available in this area to allow the production of geothermal heat in a safe and sustainable manner. We are now assessing whether this heat can be produced reliable and affordable.
Geothermal energy system connected to a local or regional district heating network
Feasibility phase. We know geothermal heat production is possible and we are now studying the economic feasibility.
We expect to start producing sustainable heat in 2025/2026
Of interest to?
Companies, homes and utility buildings
Which area does it concern?
It concerns an area in the region of Leiden. The license area is named ‘Oude Rijn’. The area covers, among other, the municipalities of Wassenaar, Katwijk, Voorschoten, Leiden, Leiderdorp and Zoeterwoude.
We already know a lot about the subsurface in this area, from decades of searching for and producing oil and gas. As a result, we know that there is a lot of hot water available.
In addition to the production of geothermal energy, we are also investigating the supply of heat using district heat networks.
The 'Oude Rijn' research area (both sub-areas in blue) is located around Leiden (province of South Holland).
What are the benefits?
This project is of interest to anyone who wants to receive clean, sustainable and affordable heat.
This includes the built environment (residential, offices) but also greenhouses and light industry.