Project background and objectives

Why geothermal energy?
Geothermal energy is based on exploiting the earth’s internal heat supply, and is already used in several cities across Hungary. In total, 12 Hungarian cities run their district heating systems on geothermal energy at present. That leaves 208 cities that have the possibility to further explore the feasibility of using geothermal energy for district heating.

How it started
The city of Kecskemét has made an initial mapping of the geothermal potential within the city limits. Consequently, preliminary geological, technical and other design parameters are known. Similarly, the needs of the district heating market have also been mapped already, providing input to planning the local energy strategy.

Our energy programmes
The city of Kecskemét has two main strategic documents both of them giving important emphasis to energy efficiency and renewable energy investments and to the reduction of GHG. The Action Plan supplementing the Environmental Programme of Kecskemét and the Economic Programme (2007-2013) include transformation of the current natural gas based district heating system into a system utilizing renewable energy resources.

What we now have
At present, the district heating system in the city operates with two networks connected to one another and generates heat from a gas powered heat plant with gas boilers and gas engines.
The Árpádváros network provides energy for 3,763 households, the Széchenyiváros network for 7,471 households, together 11,234 households.

What we want
The objective of the municipality is to become as energy independent as possible from natural gas sources and fossil fuel price fluctuations in order to decrease prices for the end-user in the short-term.

Why we do this
The geothermal investment could help to achieve these goals by providing more than two third of the annual heat demand from a reliable and locally available energy resource. Implementation of the geothermal heating system does not only increase the capacity of the existing district-heating system, but it also enables additional households, public institutions and factories to be connected to the district-heating network.