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Herrenknecht AG Introduces Urban Vibro Truck for Geothermal Exploration in Cities

by Anna

Herrenknecht AG, a leading engineering company, has unveiled its innovative Urban Vibro truck, designed to revolutionize geothermal exploration in urban environments. As Earth’s natural heat emerges as a promising renewable energy source, particularly in densely populated areas, the Urban Vibro offers a solution to the challenges of locating geothermal sites amidst urban infrastructure.

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Traditional exploration methods face obstacles in urban settings due to the complexity of buildings, utilities, and other structures. Conventional equipment is often cumbersome and risks causing damage in densely built areas. In response, Herrenknecht AG has developed the Urban Vibro truck, specifically tailored for geothermal exploration beneath city streets.

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Seismic vibrators, commonly referred to as vibro trucks, have been utilized since the 1950s for resource exploration, including oil, gas, and water. These trucks employ a process known as vibroeseis to generate seismic waves, surveying the underground terrain to create geological maps.

The Urban Vibro employs P-wave technology to generate controlled-frequency vibrations, penetrating deep into the ground to explore and identify heat pockets. Its compact design, measuring 2.5 meters wide, allows it to navigate city streets seamlessly. Furthermore, the truck operates at a noise level of 65 decibels, significantly lower than typical urban noise levels.

Equipped with advanced features such as all-wheel steering, collision awareness, and a camera system, the Urban Vibro ensures precise and efficient exploration without disrupting city infrastructure.

Collaborating with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s Geophysical Institute, Herrenknecht AG aims to advance geothermal exploration in urban areas. By harnessing the heat island effect present in cities, geothermal energy can be utilized for heating and cooling purposes, reducing reliance on traditional energy sources and mitigating environmental impact.

The potential of geothermal energy in urban areas is vast, with applications ranging from heating and cooling systems for buildings to reducing the need for extensive power grid transmission lines. With the introduction of the Urban Vibro truck, Herrenknecht AG is poised to lead the way in unlocking the potential of geothermal energy in densely populated areas, paving the path towards a sustainable future.

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