Martin Bloemendal is a specialist in Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) and Borehole Heat Exchanger (BHE) and works on various studies on utilization of sustainable heat by means of seasonal storage in the subsurface. Martin always considers the system as a whole, which means not only the source of heat or cooling capacity, but also consumers and the required facilities to utilize the available heat. That is why he also has extensive knowledge of related and complementary techniques (ranging from well/borehole technology to heat pump to control). He does not focus on the technical aspects only; he also works on organizational and policy-based issues concerning sustainable heating and cooling, as these are key for optimal and sustainable utilization of subsurface resources in practice.
Martin has a clear vision for the use of subsurface resources with ATES and BHE. Which he tries to promote in various ways: Next to KWR, Martin also works as an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology. At TU Delft he works on various projects to further develop ATES and BHE and he teaches courses at various levels and faculties. The combination KWR-TU Delft allows Martin to develop proof of concept of new ideas at the university and subsequently implement these in pilot projects with industry in KWR projects (bridging science to practice). Martin is also board member of the sector association BodemenergieNL, where his tasks are to manage the research agenda for ATES and BHE.
Working on scientific and practice oriented solutions which help solving a relevant societal challenge like the energy transition gives Martin energy!