Cerkno Municipality (Slovenia)
This first case study presents the Municipality of Cerkno, which is located in the western part of Slovenia on the area of 132 km² , is situated in the subalpine valley at an altitude of 324 m and is influenced by both the continental and Mediterranean climate. This Municipality has about 5,040 inhabitants, from which about 2,000 lives in the town Cerkno, on which whole area gravitates. The rest of population lives in villages in the difficult to reach mountainous area. An important role in the area represents tourism, which is primarily linked to sports in nature. The average daily mean temperature ranges from 17.8 °C in the summer to 0.1°C in the winter.
The Municipality will support the integration of near-surface geothermal resources activities to its spatial plan and Local Energy action plan.
An important part of the case study is also to include the hotel Cerkno with neighboring public buildings;
the tourist hut of the ski resort and feasibility of absorber elements in the planned tunnels for a further long-term development of geothermal potential in the municipality of Cerkno are foreseen in this study.
Figure 2. Tourist hut «Alpska Perla» of the ski resort
Figure 3. Hotel Cerkno
Feasibility of energy surpluses transmissions from geothermal heating to neighboring public buildings.