EGEC Newsletter February 2015

The 53th Edition of the EGEC has been published and is available here.


European Energy Union package
Heating and Cooling in the European Energy Transition
GeoTherm 2015

Commission launches the “Energy Union”: The EGEC reaction

The European Commission has launched today its “Framework strategy for a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy”.

EGEC-AEBIOM- ESTIF reaction  available here.

EGEC regrets that the Commission’s proposal

  • Lacks reference on renewables for heating and cooling to improve security of supply;
  • Fails to see the synergies between energy efficiency and renewable energy, notably in the building sector;
  • Fails to propose a strong, separate and governance for renewables and energy efficiency to  ensure consistency and comparability of Member States’ policies;
  • Fails to recognise that the internal energy market cannot be complete if only based on electricity and gas. A true internal energy market should cover heating as well.

2014 JRC Geothermal Energy Status Report published

The JRC, the European Commission’s in house science service, has published the 2014 JRC Geothermal Energy Status Report which can be downloaded here.
The report presents the overall state of play of geothermal energy in Europe in 2014.

On potential, the report states:

The annual production of geothermal energy in the EU could reach about 49 TWh of heat from GSHP and 30 TWh from direct use in 2020. Projections for power generation assume an installed capacity of 1.6 GWe by 2020. Global hydrothermal power production capacity will increase by 0.6 GWe to 1 GWe per year in the mid-term (until 2030) and might reach 140 to 160 GWe by 2050. In comparison, general estimates, provided technological challenges are overcome, suggest between 1200 GWe to 12000 GWe could be installed applying EGS technology worldwide.

Developing Geothermal District Heating in Europe: a complete guide

The GeoDH project has produced a complete guide to Developing Geothermal District Heating in Europe. It can be downloaded here. For a printed copy, contact the European Geothermal Energy Council.

It includes chapters on:

  • Technology: State of play and developments
  • Potential
  • Regulatory frame work and Market
  • Financing
  • Case studies
  • Recommendations for the future.

The top 4 Companies in Geothermal Innovation of 2015

Endorsed Nominations for the European Geothermal Innovation Award Announced.

The four endorsed nominations for the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2015 are, in alphabetical order:

  • Comacchio s.r.l. (IT), for their innovative GEO 909 GT drilling rig allowing faster installation of borehole heat exchangers for shallow geothermal applications.
  • gec-co GmbH (DE), for their controllable, downhole pressure retention valve for hydrogeothermal installations in aquifers with dissolved minerals and gases.
  • Green Energy Group SA (NO), for their innovative business model and global technology approach for small-scale geothermal power plants in high enthalpy zones.
  • Mijn Water B.V. (NL), for their intelligent hybrid energy infrastructure for sustainable heating and cooling, based on geothermal buffers (e.g. abandoned mines).

Nominations for the award are assessed on grounds of originality, innovation, reliability, reduction of emissions, and improvements in energy output. The Jury selected the shortlist from twelve entries and will now deliberate to select an overall winner which will be announced on 5th March.

Designed as an opportunity for industry peers to acknowledge innovation, and for the most exciting ideas to be widely publicised, the European Geothermal Innovation Award is the seal of excellence applied to the most intelligent and important ideas in research and industry which will play a key role in the future development of geothermal energy.

“Despite the large variety of entries, ranging from shallow to deep and from heat pumps to power generation, the jurors decided almost unanimously on the four entries eventually selected for the shortlist” said Dr Burkhard Sanner, President of EGEC and member of the Jury. “As in 2014, there was some discussion on the possible fifth slot, and again the decision was to restrict the list to just four. We thought this the best in order to be fair with a number of entries that could not make it onto the list. On behalf of the Jury I would like to thank everyone who entered the competition for the 2015 award”.

The jury for 2015 is composed of Jonas Ketilsson (Iceland), Adele Manzella (Italy), Ladislaus Rybach (Switzerland), Burkhard Sanner (EGEC), and Sandra Kircher (Messe Offenburg).

The European Geothermal Innovation Award 2015 is an initiative from The European Geothermal Energy Council in collaboration with Messe Offenburg, organisers of the GeoTHERM fair and congress.