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International information about geothermal energy

In the last Geothermal Resources Council bulletin the geothermal sector is reviewed at international level, among all the news, in this article the main are highlighted:

In North America, California shows to be an example of the success of geothermal energy. California recently set a new goal to increase the renewable content of its electricity from one third to 50 percent by 2030. The state also has a goal to install 12,000 MW of renewable distributed generation. Geothermal energy plays an essential role in the renewable energy generation mix: Geothermal produces 13,000 GWh a year, representing about 19.5% of the global total and produces 13,000 GWh a year. Geothermal provides 2,694 MW of capacity from 43 power plants and there are 7 outstanding environmental permits for possible nearterm geothermal power projects for a total of 381 MW capacity.

In addition, the world’s first demonstration of closed-loop geothermal power generation at a currently inactive well takes place in the Coso California geothermal field. This geothermal well retrofit technology will enable geothermal project owners to generate power from idle or marginal wells at low risk and attractive cost per MWh.

In Central & South America there are several examples of geothermal development. The European Union has provided Dominica with EUR 3.52 million as part of continued assistance towards rehabilitation of the country. The funds will assist the government in establishing a legal framework for the development of geothermal energy and technology. In Argentina, the exploration for geothermal resources in Andean Province has begun; National and Provincial organizations have agreed to cooperate in the development of mining activities in the western Argentine province of Mendoza that will promote the knowledge of the geothermal potential of the area.

In Australia, the first grid-connected geothermal power plant is planned to be connected in January or early February. Also, the Queensland Local Government Association's corporate entity Peak Services is partnering with local councils to make other geothermal power plants a reality, being identified twenty sites that have potential for geothermal energy power plants. In New Zealand, the work on 28 MW Ngawha geothermal power station expansion has started, which could eventually boost capacity to just over 80 MW.

In Asia, it is highlighted the geothermal district heating which is part of new five-year plan. In Africa, Kenia will start the 35 MW Menengai geothermal energy project in March and the development of the 140 MW Turkana geothermal project has been announced. In addition, five promising geothermal regions have been identified in South Africa.

Finally in Europe, the geothermal heat projects for district heating projects in cities such as Bordeaux, Paris or Geneva are excellent examples of geothermal energy as a reliable resource for covering heat demand in cities.


Available the RHC-ETIP Newsletter – January 2018

The RHC-ETIP (European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling) newsletter is now available online. GEOPLAT is an active member of this Platform, being Chair of the Geothermal Technology Panel.

Inside this issue:

  • Restructuring of the RHC-ETIP: The Board of the RHC-ETIP started a discussion on its restructuring at a Strategy
    meeting organised in October 2017. The new structure was approved at the Board meeting on 15th November 2017.
    The new structure will focus its work via horizontal Working Groups discussing challenges to be defined by the members of the RHC-ETIP.
  • Status of SET-Plan Temporary Working Groups (TWGs): 
    • TWG3 - Smart Cities and Communities
    • TWG4 - Energy systems
    • TWG5 - Energy efficiency in buildings
    • TWG6 - Energy efficiency for industry
    • TWG8 - Renewable fuels and bioenergy
    • TWG on deep geothermal
  • On Thursday 16th November 2017, the European Technology and Innovation Platforms on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-ETIP), Deep Geothermal (DG ETIP) and the DHC+ Technology Platform organised a brokerage event dedicated to the Horizon 2020 Energy Work Programme 2018-2020 in Brussels.
  • Renewable Heating and Cooling in Integrated Urban and Industrial Energy Systems Conference: The International Sustainable Energy Conference - ISEC 2018, organized by AEE INTEC, sees itself as a promoter for innovative ideas in the areas of renewable energy systems and resource efficiency, and is intended to be a forum for research, industry and energy policy. The RHC-ETIP is the event co-organiser.

Please click here to view the newsletter.


The ‘Geo-Energy for the 21st Century’ (GEO-ENERGY EUROPE) project starts with the participation of GEOPLAT

This month of January the Project ‘Geo-Energy for the 21st Century’ (GEO-ENERGY EUROPE) has successfully started. GEOPLAT is delighted to announce their participation on this collaborative project which is funded by the European Commission’s Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) programme.

The overall purpose of the Project is to create a European Strategic Cluster Partnership (ESCP) with a focus on the sustainable use of the subsurface for energy, or “Geo-Energy”, as well as to develop & propose an implementation roadmap for, a joint internationalisation strategy to help this ESCP go international.

Apart from GEOPLAT, the project partners include Pole AVENIA, the French geoscience cluster, the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), GeoDeep (French geothermal cluster), , CAPES (Cluster of Applied Earth Sciences, Hungary), GEC (German deep geothermal energy group), Jesder (Turkish Geothermal Association) and Geoscience Ireland.

GEOPLAT will lead the Work Package 2: capacity building & partnership agreement with the objective of building the Partnership between all consortium participants and create a metacluster dynamic with its own identity and strategic objectives.

The first meeting of the project will take place in Brussels on 21th February where all project partners will introduce themselves and the activities of the project will officially start. This first meeting also aligns with the broader European Cluster Matchmaking Event.


GEOPLAT participates in TRANSFIERE 2018

GEOPLAT will participate in the 7th European Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation,  TRANSFIERE , in Malaga the 14th and 15th of February.

TRANSFIERE is the biggest professional and multisectoral forum of Spanish Innovation, in which participants can:

  • Establish B2B contacts
  • Transfer scientific knowledge and lines of technological research
  • Show their innovative products and services
  • Get to know the technological needs of Public Administration
  • Seek funding for innovative projects

The Transfiere 2018 programme is composed by the International Innovation Programme and the Open Innovation Area.

GEOPLAT, as member of the organization committee will participate in the forum:

  • Coordinating and organizing a round table “Energy and climate. The rol of the innovation for the acceleration of the transition towards a zero emissions scenario”
  • B2B space for meetings

(Español) Publicado el nuevo Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2017-2020

Sorry, this entry is only available in European Spanish.


GEOPLAT wishes you a Merry Christmas!


GEOPLAT collaborates in the document ‘Spanish Strategy of Advanced Materials and Nanomaterials’

GEOPLAT has collaborated with the Spanish Technology Platform on Advanced materials and Nanomaterials in the elaboration of the document Spanish Strategy of Advanced Materials and Nanomaterials'.

The objective of this document is to collect and reflect the technological challenges, necessities and barriers associated to the industrial sectors that require more innovation in advanced materials, as well as, in their processes or products in order to ensure their competitiveness, sustainability and growth.

GEOPLAT has collaborated in this document identifying, in the 'Geothermal Energy Area’, the technological challenges and current R&D necessities and barriers in which advanced materials play a key element. The document is available in the following link (in Spanish): https://goo.gl/LF7S5P


The European Commission publishes the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020

The European Commission has presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and representing an investment of around €30 billion. (Press Release)

The 2018-2020 Work Programme will focus efforts on fewer topics with bigger budgets, directly supporting the Commission's political priorities:

  • A low-carbon, climate resilient future
  • Circular Economy
  • Digitising and transforming European industry and services
  • Security Union

 In the Participant Portal the Work programmes and the open calls are available.

Societal Challenge 3: Secure, clean and efficient energy.  More than 2.200 millions of EUR focused on clean energy, energy efficiency and electric mobility. The Work Programme is available in the following link.

Societal Challenge 5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials. More than 1.100 millions of EUR to projects focused on the transition towards a greener economy, efficient in the resources and resilient to climate change. The Work Programme is available in the following link.


District and heating census in Spain 2017: Geothermal continues increasing its relevance

The Spanish District Heating and Cooling Association (ADHAC) has elaborated the DHC census of Spain of 2017. There are 352 grids, a 15% percent more than in 2016, with a total installed potential of 1,280 MW. The extension of the grids is mor than 600 km and they are saving 224.000 tons of CO2 per year.

In the presentation it was showed the relevance of geothermal energy grids, which had 5 installations in total.

The DHC grids of renewable sources are representing  most of the power installed, being the 75% of them (mainly by biomass). This percentaje is increasing each year, showing the more penetration of renewable technologies in DHC.

The preesentation of the census can be downloaded in the following link. (in Spanish).


Main conclusions of the Energy Platforms Workshop: Energy as an opportunity for the development and reinforcement of the Spanish industrial capability in a context of energy transition and mitigation of climate change

On 17th October the Coordination Committee of the Energy Technology Platforms, in which GEOPLAT is actively involved, organised the Workshop: Energy as an opportunity for the development and reinforcement of the Spanish industrial capability in a context of energy transition and mitigation of climate change in the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.

In the workshop it was highlighted the importance of the heterogeneity of the technological options for the increase of the strategic advance of the energy technologies. The protagonism of renewable energies in the context of the Winter Package of the EU was explained. The objectives for the 2020, 2030 and 2050 scenarios were discussed as well as the challenges in order to reach a more sustainable energy model: grid integration and a decentralized system operation were the main aspects considered. It was concluded that the electric future will be based on three pillars: decentralization, digitalization and electrification. In addition, energy storage was mentioned as other key element in the energy transition for achieving an integrated energy solution, which added to the demand control, would lead to a 100% renewable model.

In the context of mitigation of climate change, different technologies were mentioned such as nuclear energy and carbon-capture use and storage. The improving air quality and the necessity to reduce the pollution were mentioned as key elements.

In relation with the thermal renewable energy technologies, GEOPLAT participated in a lecture about their importance in the Winter Package since more than half of the thermal energy consumed in the EU is for thermal applications, three quarters of it is coming from fossil fuels. In this part, Javier F. Urchueguía, President of the Geothermal Technology Panel in the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-ETIP), highlighted the rol of geothermal energy for climatization solutions and the favorable context for its development due to its differential characteristics compared with other themal characteristics.

In the workshop it was emphasized the rol of the Energy Platforms in the energy transition as core elements for the increase of the technological developments, the coordination between industry and research and the territorial cooperation. The collaboration between Energy Platforms is essential in order to guarantee the leadership of renewable energies in the energy transition.