Groenholland BV (NL) started in 1990 in Amsterdam as an earth sciences consultancy, with a focus on environmental engineering. In the mid nineties the activities were expanded to include ground source energy. As a result of commercial projects in the UK, Groenholland UK Ltd. was incorporated in 2001.

In 2016, the Groenholland focus is very much on high efficiency shallow geothermal heat pump installations, using closed loop borehole heatexchanger wellfields. Our activities range from TRT testing & data analysis to the design, engineering and implementation of turn key geothermal heat pump installations.

Over the last 20 years we have been involved in over 250 shallow geothermal projects that vary in size from private estates, with 40-50 kW installed heat pump capacity, to large public and commercial buildings with 400-500 kW installations or even large scale housing development with up to 1500 homes with a combined installed capacity of 5-6 Mw of closed loop heat pump systems.

Furthermore our activities include participation in a number of EU research projects, active membership of National and International bodies, teaching and development of energy plans or specific guidelines and legislation related to shallow geothermal energy for National and local government.


Shallow geothermal energy systems (in general between 80 and 300 metres depth) using heat pump technology, also known as ground source heat pumps (GSHP), offer tremendous reductions on the use of primary energy, whether this is generated using a conventional or a renewable technology. The EU RES directive (2009/28/EC) recognizes shallow geothermal energy as a renewable technology and for this reason the technology is part of all the National Renewable Action Plans (Nreap) of all EU countries.

Energy savings using shallow geothermal heat pump systems are achieved using energy efficient heat pumps as well as using the energy storage capabilities and the thermal mass of the ground. Heat generated from "äir conditioning" is stored in the ground, instead of being rejected to the ambient as in conventional cooling systems. Depending on the operating cycle of the project this heat can be re-used at night time or in the winter period for heating. Cold generated through providing heating to the project can be re-used in a similar manner.


GSHP plantroom installation works, Dyson Malmesbury.


The Groenholland philiosophy is to provide a complete and energy efficient shallow geothermal heat pump system based on a closed loop borehole heatexchanger wellfield. The energy system provides simultaneous heating and cooling (24/7) at the capacity (kW) and temperatures required to maintain the comfort levels in the building. Our geothermal projects include all major consultants, mechanical contractors and building contractors.

The complete Groenholland package includes all design (drawings), testing and process management, the "turn key" geothermal installation, commissioning to guideline specifications, manuals, training and above all the remote web browser functionality, allowing energy monitoring and trouble shooting support to facilities management. The complete package carries a full years warranty on labour, parts and performance. A maintenance contract is an option that most of our clients select, certainly for the first few years where they can familiarize themselves with the installation.

Monitoring and maintenance of the shallow geothermal wellfield, the hydraulic installation and the heat pumps, includes periodic (weekly , monthly, quarterly...) system performance updates and two yearly visits for a general system inspection and a refrigerant specialist review. We also provide technical support to the client or FM support in applying for financial support programs such as RHI (UK).

With many geothermal systems under our own maintenance, it is very likely that we can organize feedback or even direct contact with the end user, that you can use in your tender evaluation.



At first glance a complete package is often regarded as expensive. However, being complete, its designed and build for long term efficient operation and low maintenance cost, which is the essence of a geothermal heat pump system. In everyday practice we find that in comparing systems in a tender procedure, components such as the electrical infrastructure, the controls and above all the operating strategy are not fully appreciated. This often leads to hidden cost in other packages, split responsabilities and poor functioning (energy and maintenance wise) of the final installtion.

Cost savings relate to savings on primary energy, low maintenance cost, long life and thereby low life cycle costs. Although energy savings are project specific, a GSHP providing heating and cooling should achieve savings over a conventional gasboiler/chiller installation of between 30-50%.

A ground source heat pump installation can be a sound long term investment, with an acceptable return, providing it is well designed, well implemented and thereby fulfils it's lifetime expectations.


World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Netherlands, Zeist.

Geothermal installations

A high quality product to extract the maximum efficiency from an installation with little or no maintenance. Not only today, but also in 25 years time.

Off site fabrication of our modulair installations allows high built quality and little loss of time when installing systems on site.

All products are warranted, monitoring off system key parameters (temperatures, flows) and energy metering when the installation is in use underwrites this.

Project consultancy & design

Projects vary from large scale domestic housing and apartments, to schools, galleries, hospitals and universities as well as commercial developments such as offices and warehousing.

What the projects have in common is the desire to use energy saving sustainable technology and to design with this in mind.

Using geo-energy to its full potential, whilst keeping the projects elegant and economically justifiable.

Targets on reducing the use of fossil fuels (gas, oil and electricity) should be the focus point. It is essential to define these in an early stage of the project, so that the GSHP system can be designed to achieve these goals over the long term.



Quadram Institute, Norwich (UK)

On the Norwich Research Park grounds the new Quadram Institute, Centre for Food and Health research is housed.

Groenholland provides a 450 kW capacity ground source heat pump installation, which will provide a large proportion of the annual heating (1500 MWh) and cooling (950 MWh) to the building.

Work started on the 100 loop wellfield in March 2016. Drilling, groundworks, installation of 6 pre fitted concrete manifold chambers and testing of the pipework was completed early May.

Currently (mid 2016) the building is being constructed and the rooftop plantroom will be installed early 2017.


Dyson facilities, Malmesbury (UK)

A 200 kW simultaneous heating and cooling groundsource heat pump installation has just been completed and commissioned this June at the energy centre of the Dyson R&D facilities in Malmesbury.

Various locations in London

Closed loop groundsource heat pump installations (50 - 100 kW) are being installed on a number of renovated residential properties in london.

All systems are simultaneous heating and cooling, meeting the comfort levels required by thr end users.

Current projects are in Hampstead, Mayfair and St. John's Wood.

La natura in ufficio, WWF Woking

Tecnische Nuove (it) published an article about the new seat of the World Wildelife Fund in Woking, UK as a prime example of architecture minimizing CO2 emissions.

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66 Chiltern street, Marylebone.

Groenholland UK Ltd, started work on this London groundsource project in April 2015. The 90 kW simultaneous heating and cooling project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2016. The building will not be completed until mid 2017.

GEOtech, a Horizon 2020 project.

Together with international partners from six different European countries, the GEOtech consortium has been awarded an EU grant (656889) within the Horizon 2020 program.

Groenholland is work package leader for the innovative drilling and partner in developing controls for the optimized hybrid shallow geothermal heat pump.

The program started in May 2015 and will run for 4 years.

Fusion building, Bournemouth (UK)

The new Fusion building on the Talbot Campus of Bournemouth University will have 300 kW closed loop ground source heat pump installation, capable of providing high efficiency simultaneous heating and cooling.

Work on site started September 2014, the project's handover is foreseen in the spring of 2016.

WWF, Woking (UK)

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Living Planet Centre (BREEAM outstanding) project in Woking, Surrey has been in operation since October 2013.

The 160 kW heat pump installation has been supplied as a turn key system, providing all heating and all cooling to this new building.

Over the first two years (per december 2015) of operation the heat pump installation has provided 509 MWh of heating and 351 MWh of cooling.


Dropmore Estate, Slough (UK)

This project involves a stately home West of London, located in a preservation area. Without a connection to the gas grid and a call for both heating and cooling, ground source technology has been the obvious choice. Another important factor in selecting ground source is the absence of noise, associated with conventional air chillers.

The 160 kW system is currently in its first year of operation and has produced 130 MWh of heating since it was first started in November 2015.


Lords Cricket Ground, St. Johns Wood (UK)

The work on the renovation of the Warner stand project has started in January 2015. The projects first phase is to be completed in April 2015.

The second phase will start at the end of 2015 cricket season up to the start of the 2016 season.

The third and final phase of the project will commence in the autumn

of 2016.

Etten-Leur (NL) monitoring of soil temperatures (2011-2018)

The site comprises about 40 hectares, with 1200 houses. Each house has an individual heat pump for space heating and DHW. Th heat pump is equiped with closed loop ground coupling to 80 meters depth. In summertime the hydraulic loop is used for "free cooling"

The total installed heat pump capacity is approximately 7 MW, making it one of the largest projects of its kind in the world. In 2013 Etten-Leur was awarded the European heat pump capital award (EHPA).

Back in 2005 Groenholland developed the "master plan" for the long term future temperature development in the 1200 home Etten-Leur project.

The original plan, as presented in 2006 at the Ecostock conference in New Jersey (see pdf in our download section) modelled the long term temperature development under several energy scenarios.

Over a 2 year period (2011-2013) Groenholland have monitored 30 specifically installed observation wells monthly at various depths.

A first conclusion based on the measured temperatures (4000 datapoints) is that the project is running well and spatial temperature development, including groundwater flow effects, are within the predicted operating bandwith.

Recently (Autumn 2014) Groenholland has been invited by Etten-Leur to continue monitoring of soil temperatures for a period of 5 years.

Thermal interference in the underground

Establishing the cumulative negative temperature effect caused by interacting geothermal systems is a requirement in the new Dutch legislation for geothermal energy.

Groenholland have developed a methodology for calculating temperature interference between adjacent closed loop borehole heat exchanger (BHE) projects.

The ability to quantify thermal effects between different systems will in the near future become an essential element in the design of areas housing multiple BHE's. As the number of implemented BHE based systems is steadily growing, it has become apparant that spatial planning and optimisation of underground energy systems requires appropriate tools.

The project was carried out for the Dutch ministery of Infrastructure & Environment.

Groenholland Plantroom

The Groenholland geothermal installations are based on a modulair approach with all modules manufactured and tested off site. With our own control software, the systems are truly stand alone whilst communication to the main building BMS is possible at all times through the BACnet IP or Modbus protocols.

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Micro Generation Scheme

Groenholland UK are certified as a groundsource heatpump installer under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS 1201).