Department of Earth Science

Hot water from Løvstakken?

Mountain, Løvstakken has geothermal properties that can give Bergeners heat in the future.

Atle Rotevatn og Eivind Bastesen gjør varme målinger på Løvstakken
Institutt for geovitenskap-UiB

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Associate Athletic Rotevatn at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, together with senior Eivind Bastesen Uni Research done analyzes of town mountain Løvstakken showing that here one can exploit geothermal.

In an interview with UiB applicable, 1.nov 2013, researchers claim that heat from Earth's interior for example can be utilized as a source of heating or to produce electricity:

Hot water from the mountains

- We have conducted measurements showing that the rocks in Løvstakken massif has a special ability to generate heat. We have also studied the cracks in the rock surfaces, tunnels and road cuts and found that these have the potential to divert water that is heated at depth. By using natural fracture systems we can pump cold water down and free heated water back, explains Professor Atle Rotevatn at UiB. Along with senior Eivind Bastesen Uni Research, he runs a pilot project funded by the energy company BKK and the University.


Although geothermal energy is difficult to compete with hydropower in size and scope in this country, believe Atle Rotevatn that heat from the depths can be profitable for Norway.

- Geothermal energy is environmentally friendly and renewable, but very little exploited worldwide. Norwegian research groups and companies have solid knowledge and technology for drilling and reservoir management on the shelf. This will be extremely helpful in dealing with geothermal energy and can become a sought-after export commodity, claim researchers.

Read the full interview with Atle Rotevatn and Eivind Bastesen in UiB News here. (Norwegian)