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GEO-ENERGY EUROPE keeps working on the capabilities of a future meta-cluster in its last meeting in Celle (Germany)

GEO-ENERGY EUROPE (GEE) consortium met for the fourth time  in Celle (Germany), on September 10th and 11th . The meeting was organized by  GeoEnergy Celle cluster and coincided with the celebration of the international event Celle Drilling Conference, which brought together experts from the drilling sector, including members of the GEE consortium.

Representatives of the partners of GEE project, together with SMEs members of Geo Energy Celle, at the headquarters of the host cluster, September 10th, 2018

The members of the project consortium continue with the work developed on the capabilities of the metacluster, as well as the update of the database and the inter-European mapping of the group of members. It represented the analysis of all the value chains in the industries related to geoenergy. In addition, the consortium continued to analyze the future metacluster through the development of a SWOT matrix.

In terms of market analysis and opportunities for team members, the analytical model analysis parameters for the development of market studies and planning strategies were developed. The model aimed at promoting and boosting the emerging industry associated with the development of energy deep geothermal.

In addition, according to the communication strategy of GEO-ENERGY EUROPE, the group continue with the dissemination of the objectives and progress of the project through social networks (Twitter, Linkedin or European Cluster Collaboration Platform), meanwhile GEE's web is in construction.


Successful GEO-ENERGY EUROPE project meeting & GeoEnergy Days combo

The GEO-ENERGY EUROPE partners met for the third time last week in Pau, southwestern France, taking advantage of hosting partner and GEE project coordinator POLE AVENIA’s major event, the GeoEnergy Days, to combine their project meeting on Thursday July 5, and organized B2B meetings with national & international participants among the 300 GeoEnergy Days attendees on July 3-4.

Funded under the European Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) program, the GEO-ENERGY EUROPE project consists in building a transnational cluster on geo-energy and help the partners’ SMEs internationalize on the world deep geothermal energy markets. It started on January 1, 2018 for a duration of 2 years and involves 8 partners from 7 EU and COSME participating countries: POLE AVENIA (coordinator) and GEODEEP in France, EGEC in Belgium, Geoplat in Spain, GeoEnergy Celle in Germany, CAPES in Hungary, JESDER in Turkey and Geoscience Ireland.

For all partners, the GEO-ENERGY EUROPE project represents an excellent opportunity to accelerate their development and internationalization, share good practices & experiences, and facilitate technologies & know-how transfers between geo-energy industries (O&G, geothermal, geological storage, etc.) as well as other sectors.

The B2B meetings organized in the mark of POLE AVENIA’s GeoEnergy Days were very well received by the GEO-ENERGY EUROPE partners, some cumulating up to 18 interviews over the 2 days of the event, all emphasizing the number and quality of the contacts made, of which a few to be followed up shortly for near term action.

B2B meetings at the GeoEnergy Days, July 4, 2018 in Pau, southwestern France

Of particular interest to the deep geothermal industry and the GEO-ENERGY EUROPE project over the rest of the GeoEnergy Days program also was a session of the technical conference on Water in the Geo-Energy Industries that focused on the recovery of Lithium as a by-product of deep geothermal energy projects, which generated a lot of interest, with no less than 3 technology providers in attendance.

GeoEnergy Days 2018. Left: Panel discussion on Lithium recovery as a by-product of deep geothermal projects. Right: GEO-ENERGY EUROPE inaugurates 1st booth at a geo-energy event

Hosting partner and project coordinator POLE AVENIA took advantage of the project meeting on July 5 to showcase 6 among its most dynamic SMEs that are active in the deep geothermal industry, with a particular focus on geothermal drilling, including 2 fast growing startups created in 2015 and hosted in the geoscience startups incubator, Geostart, where POLE AVENIA also has its premises (see picture below).

Group photography of representatives of GEO-ENERGY EUROPE partners together with POLE AVENIA member SMEs’ at Helioparc Technopole in Pau, southwestern France, July 5, 2018

The GEO-ENERGY EUROPE consortium represents close to 600 members including over 300 SMEs. About 200 of those members are directly involved in the deep geothermal energy, covering the whole value chain, with geoscience and drilling as key areas of expertise. The partners will keep working on capacity building actions such as consolidating their common database, mapping their members in all geo-energy industries value chains and performing a SWOT analysis, over the course of the summer.

The next GEO-ENERGY EUROPE physical meeting will take place in Celle, Germany, in September 2018, hosted by the GeoEnergy Celle cluster and combined with the host’s major yearly event Celle Drilling on its 2018 edition.


What have we done in GEOPLAT in 2017?

We have had a national and international presence in our endeavour to promote geothermal energy as a valuable option for Spain. You can check out in our 2017 Yearbook (link) where we have directed our efforts to in this past year 2017 , there you will find a very visual and schematic report with actions carried out by GEOPLAT, thanks to the coordinated effort of the BIOPLAT members and Platform team.


New RED II Renewable Energy Directive and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The RED II Renewable Energy Directive was approved on 14 June 2018 (Press note). 

Member states will have to include the new elements of the Directive into national law by 30 June 2021.

The main aspects of the new Directive are:

  • Overall renewables target 32% + upward review clause in 2023
  • Improvement the design and stability of support schemes for renewables.
  • Delivers real streamlining and reduction of administrative procedures.
  • Establishes a clear and stable regulatory framework on self-consumption.

For the geothermal sector:

  • Increases the level of ambition for the heating/cooling sector.
  • Heat pumps enabling the use of ambient and geothermal energy at a useful temperature level or systems providing cooling need electricity or other auxiliary energy to function. The energy used to drive these systems should therefore be deducted from the total usable energy or energy removed from the area. Only such heating and cooling systems where the output or energy removed from an area significantly exceeds the primary energy needed to drive it should be taken into account. Cooling systems contribute to the energy use in Member States and it is therefore appropriate that the calculation methods take into account the renewable share of the energy used in such systems in all end use sectors.
  • The European Commission should only facilitate the deployment of geothermal energy with low environmental impact and resulting in greenhouse gas saving compared to conventional sources.

The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EU) 2018/844 has been published in the EU Official Journal (L156) and will enter into force as of 9 July 2018. EU countries will have to transpose the new elements of the Directive into national law within 20 months. The main aspects are:

  • The new regulatory framework includes an energy efficiency target for the EU for 2030 of 32.5% with an upwards revision clause by 2023.
  • The Primary Energy Factor has been adopted with a default coefficient of 1, with a revision every 4 years to consider the effects on other EU legislation, such as Eco-design and Energy Labelling.
  • Concerning the annual energy savingsfrom the final energy consumption up to 2030, the agreed mandatory rate is 8% : exemptions to this saving rate include for instance renewable produced in buildings.
  • Member States shall also express those targets in terms of an absolute level of primary energy consumption and final energy consumption in 2020 and shall explain how, and on the basis of which data, this has been calculated.
  • Each Member State shall establish a long-term renovation strategy to support the renovation of the national stock of residential and non-residential buildings, both public and private, into a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.

(Español) Jornada ‘Geotermia: máximo ahorro y eficiencia energética para los edificios’ (GENERA 2018. Madrid, 15 de junio)

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(Español) Jornada “Impulso de Iniciativas Tecnológicas Prioritarias en Andalucía” (20 junio | 9:30 h | Sevilla)

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(Español) 5 de Junio, Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente

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Second meeting of the European project GEO-ENERGY EUROPE

The second meeting of the European project GEO-ENERGÍA EUROPEA, in which GEOPLAT participates, was held in Pécs (Hungary) on May 15 and 16, 2018.

The objective of the meeting was the identification of the best practices developed by each member of the consortium in order to be implemented in the creation of a transnational cluster dedicated to improving the development and competitiveness of small and medium enterprises related to the use of the subsoil to obtain geothermal energy or "geoenergy" in transnational (EU) and global markets.

Updated information on the different activities of each 'Work Package' was exchanged at the meeting. In addition, with the aim of developing networking activities, technology transfer and intersectoral skills, a workshop was organized by the Hungarian representative within the consortium, CAPES. This workshop presents the main R & D activities and projects as well as opportunities for international cooperation in the geothermal sector in Hungary. The context of geothermal energy in Hungary (environment, regulations, tenders) and R & D activities related to geothermal and technological challenges was presented. The meeting concluded with a visit to different laboratories doing activities in the geothermal sector (GEOCHEM Ltd., RockStudy Ltd. and Mecsekérc Ltd).


Launching of GEO-ENERGY EUROPE project

GEOPLAT is proud to announce the launching of the GEO-ENERGY EUROPE project. Funded under the “Clusters Go International” call, which is part of the European Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) programme, the project will consist in creating a transnational cluster specifically aimed at increasing the performance & competitiveness of European SMEs in all industries concerned by the use of subsurface for energy, or "geo-energy", on transnational (EU) and world markets.

The GEO-ENERGY EUROPE project officially started on January 1, 2018 for a duration of 2 years, and involves 8 partners from 7 EU and COSME participating countries: POLE AVENIA (coordinator) and GEODEEP in France, EGEC in Belgium, GEOPLAT in Spain, GEOENERGY CELLE in Germany, CAPES in Hungary, JESDER in Turquey and GEOSCIENCE IRELAND.

POLE AVENIA (project coordinator) and GEODEEP in France, EGEC in Belgium, GEOPLAT in Spain, GEOENERGY CELLE in Germany, CAPES in Hungary, JESDER in Turkey y GEOSCIENCE IRELAND in Ireland.

As reflected by the consortium composition, made of 4 clusters in applied geoscience or geo-energy at large and 4 business network organisations specialized in geothermal energy, the funded 2 years program will primarily target its networking activities, cross-sectorial skill & technology transfers, market studies and strategic planning towards the promotion and industrial take-off of the emerging deep geothermal energy industry for district and industrial heating and power generation, in line with the European and most national energy transition goals.

The GEO-ENERGY EUROPE partners all met in a plenary form for the first time at EGEC’s premises in Brussels on February 21, 2018 (see photo), following an official Clusters Go International program kick-off at the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) on February 20, and in the mark of the European Commission’s Industry Days, on February 21-23.

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(Español) Normativa española de eficiencia energética

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