Low Enthalpy Geothermal Energy Demonstration cases for Energy Efficient building in Adriatic area

Priority and Measure
Measure 2.3 – Energy Saving and Renewable Energy Resources
Priority 2 - Natural and cultural resources and risk prevention
EUSAIR Pillars
Sustainable tourism, environmental quality
Type of Project
Marco Meggiolaro
Interviewee role
Project coordinator
EURIS on behalf of the Province of Ferrara
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Project website
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Budget in euros


Role Name City Country Contact Person Email contact/ website
Lead Partner Province of Ferrara   Ferrara Italy Annamaria Pangallo -
Partner 1 Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS) Ljubljana Slovenia Joerg Prestor Joerg.Prestor@GEO-ZS.SI
Partner 2 IRENA – Istrian Regional Energy Agency Ltd Pula Croatia Dalibor Jovanovic
Partner 3 LIR – Local Development Initiative Banja Luka Bosnia and Herzegovina Branko Zlokapa
Partner 4 Emilia Romagna Region Bologna Italy Attilio Raimondi
Partner 5 Regione Veneto Venice Italy Dario Tosoni
Partner 6 Bashkia Shkoder – Municipality of Shkodra Shkodra Albania steisi_cokaj
Partner 7 Province of Teramo Teramo Italy Federica Marcellini
Partner 8 REDASP – Regional Economic Development Agency for Sumadija and Pomoravlje Kragujevac Serbia Ana Mihajlovic
Partner 9 Municipality of Danilovgrad   Danilovgrad Montenegro Darko Mraljevic
Partner 10 DUNEA – Regional Development Agency Dubrovnik Neretva Region   Dubrovnik Croatia Tomislav Rudinica
Partner 11 Puglia Region Bari Italy Michele Chieco
Partner 12 Montenegro Green Building Council Podgorica Montenegro James Collins

Project Description


Project description

The LEGEND project aimed to demonstrate, thanks to the realization of 9 demonstrative low enthalpy energy building refurbishment (4 in Italy, 2 in Croatia, 1 in Albania, 1 in Montenegro, 1 in Bosnia Herzegovina) and 3 pre-investment feasibility studies (1 in Italy, 1 in Serbia and 1 in Slovenia) that low-enthalpy geothermal energy is based on a feasible, cost effective and mature technique, with an outstanding potential to mitigate GHG emissions and energy saving.

What has been done during the project in order to achieve its main goal(s)?

  • 12  benchmark reports (1 per region), that provide a picture of the geothermal energy potential in each partner’s region,
  • 9 GCHP energy refurbishment of pilot buildings through the heat pumps installation, identified as following project demo cases: High School Civita G. Monaco di Pomposa in Codigoro, Ferrara (IT); High School “Marie Curie” in Giulianova, Teramo + Technical Industrial Institute, Sant’Egidio alla Vibrata, Teramo (IT); Masseria “Oasi le Cesine” farm building at nature reserve in Vernole, Apulia Region (IT); Pjerina Verbanac Nursery Extension in the Labin City (HR); Radio Srbac/House of Culture building in Municipality of Srbac (BiH); Elementary School Opuzen in Dubrovnik Neretva County (HR); Kindergarden Ismet Sali Brucaj in Shkodra city (AL); Cultural centre of Danilovgrad (MNE).
  • 9 LCA analysis (one per building) for the quantification of the environmental impacts associated to the GCHP-refurbishments. The LCA developed in all LEGEND demo-site have identified all the input and output of the product system under study, i.e. energy, materials and waste flows, and their impact on the environment with an holistic perspective, starting from the raw material extraction to the end of life phase (disposal/recovery/recycling), in a so called “from cradle to grave” approach
  • 3 pre-investments analysis to trigger important infrastructural investments carried out in Veneto Region (IT), Oblano-kraska region (SI); Sumadija and Pomoravlje Region (SRB)


Which are the project main results/impacts? 

Result/Impact 1

254,55 kW/year of energy produced; 246,22 tons/year of CO2 savings; 92,71 of TOE/year production; 82,6 of TOE/year savings produced by the nine GCHP pilots and monitored by the installation of 9 ICT monitoring systems displaced in each pilot site, available in internet

Result/Impact 2

1 technology guidelines that analyses all interventions steps carried out in the 9 GCHP systems and goes through the basic dilemmas that each investor has to face when considering investment into geothermal based heating/cooling system in the Adriatic space.

Result/Impact 3

1 cross-border final memorandum to address some crucial factors for the large-scale introduction of geothermal heat pumps in the Adriatic area

Result/Impact 4

1 international  final publication of LEGEND project “Ground Source Heat Pumps. An overview on the potential in Adriatic Area and the Balkans. The results of the LEGEND project and the market perspectives”  ISBN: 978-88-902471-8-7 and 10 local final publication focusing on the project results achieved locally and the replication potential