Analysis and design methods for energy geostructures

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Based on discussions at the international workshop on “Thermoactive geotechnical systems for near-surface geothermal energy”, hosted at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland (, this article attempts to provide a broad overview of the analysis methods used for evaluation of systems that use either boreholes or geo-structures for heat exchange. It identifies commonalities where knowledge transfer from the former to the latter can be made, and highlights where there are significant differences that may limit this cross-fertilisation. The article then focusses on recent developments and current understanding pertaining to the analysis of the thermo-mechanical interaction between a geostructure and the ground, and how this may be incorporated into the geotechnical design of energy geostructures.


  • Peter Bourne-Webb
  • Sebastien Burlon
  • Saqib Javed
  • Fleur Loveridge
External organisations
  • University of Lisbon
  • French institute of science and technology for transport, spatial planning, development and networks (IFSTTAR)
  • University of Southampton
Research areas and keywords


  • Analysis, Boreholes, Design, Foundations, Shallow geothermal, Underground structures
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-419
Number of pages18
JournalRenewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews
Issue numberNovember
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1
Publication categoryResearch