The new board of the European Geothermal Energy Council was elected at the European Geothermal Congress yesterday. The new board is comprised of:

The new board of the European Geothermal Energy Council was elected at the European Geothermal Congress yesterday. The new board is comprised of:

Current president Ruggero Bertani with former president Burkard Sanner and the EGEC staff

Current president Ruggero Bertani with former president Burkard Sanner and the EGEC staff

  • President: Ruggero Bertani (ENEL Green Power)
  • Vice President: Miklos Antics (GPC IP)
  • Vice president: Javier Urchueguia (Energesis)
  • Treasurer: Attila Kujbus (Geothermal Express)
  • Board Member: Marco Baresi (Turboden)
  • Board Member: Robert Gavriliuc (Romanian Geoexchange Society)
  • Board Member: Thor-Erik Musaeus (Rock Energy)

The new president highlighted the importance of supporting geothermal as Europe transitions towards a greater penetration of renewables for both electricity, and heating and cooling.

“Conferences like our EGC are an important milestone, and a starting point for future development. I hope to see such impressive participation at the next European Geothermal Congress”

The geothermal community meets in Strasbourg for the European Geothermal Congress 2016 to celebrate European excellency, calls for clear structural signals and tailored tools for further expansion.

More than 800 participants are joining the European Geothermal Congress in Strasbourg this week. The event, organised every three years by the European Geothermal Energy Council, brings together stakeholders from the entire Geothermal community for sessions covering science, markets, and social issues, an exhibition, courses, and side events.

Geothermal in Europe is growing and the sector maintains its technological leadership. Today, 88 power plants with a total installed capacity of 2.28GWe are in operation, with an increasing number of innovative binary turbines. There are also 527 district heating plants with a total capacity of 4.7GWe; new designs and IT techniques will revolutionise the sector, creating modern, adaptable systems for future communities.

Around 1.7 million ground source heat pumps are providing sustainable heating, cooling and hot water to homes and businesses across Europe, making it the leader in this technology. This growth has been supported by both European and national measures for climate, energy and innovation, which have triggered interest and private investment in Geothermal.

Still, the potential for geothermal energy to provide renewable, clean, local, safe, and reliable energy is much larger, but barriers still exist.

Clear and strong signals are needed at a European level. In the legislative framework for the period after 2020, to be unveiled by the commission by the end of the year, investors must be reassured of stability in regulatory and planning systems over the next 15-20 years. New legislation should include requirements for a minimum share of renewables in new buildings, remove incentives for fossil fuel systems, and grant Member States the flexibility to develop their own instruments which will allow the next generation of renewable technologies to develop.

Local, national, and international political and industrial leaders opened the event on Tuesday morning, describing how Europe is leading the world in innovation and scientific excellence. Strasbourg, France, provides an excellent stage for this event; famous since Roman times for its geothermal spas, it is now at the vanguard of geothermal development as the home of the first demonstrated EGS plant at Soultz-sous-Forêts, and the first EGS plant providing heat to industry.

Philippe Richert, President of Region Grand Est described how geothermal development is just beginning in the region, adding “I believe in the future of deep geothermal” whilst Robert Hermann, president of Strasbourg Eurométropole said geothermal is “an incredible opportunity for our region”. Marc Kugler, director general of ÉS elaborated on the groups plans for deep geothermal development and renewables.

Anne Sander MEP noted that “whilst the EU has seen some crises, it continues to progress towards reaching its goals for energy efficiency, less greenhouse gas emissions, and a greater share of renewables”. Paolo Bertuzzi, CEO of Turboden explained how “geothermal is key in ensuring the five energy union objectives are met”.

This week in Strasbourg, the industrial and scientific geothermal communities join together and demonstrate Europe’s ability to use geothermal to provide clean and secure energy. European and national authorities must seize this opportunity to allow the sector to flourish.

The new board of the European Geothermal Energy Council was also elected at the congress, with President Burkhard Sanner standing down. The new board is comprised of

  • President: Ruggero Bertani (ENEL Green Power)
  • Vice President: Miklos Antics (GPC IP)
  • Vice president: Javier Urchueguia (Energesis)
  • Treasurer: Attila Kujbus (Geothermal Express)
  • Board Member: Marco Baresi (Turboden)
  • Board Member: Robert Gavriliuc (Romanian Geoexchange Society)
  • Board Member: Thor-Erik Musaeus (Rock Energy)

More information and images from the event are available at www.euroepangeothermalcongress.eu

The congress is organised by the European Geothermal Energy Council www.egec.org

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Geothermal Technology Workshop 8 September

The next Geothermal Technology Workshop of the RHC platform and Deep Geothermal ETIP will take place on 8th September 2016 in Brussels in the Royal Library of Belgium.

The event will cover the next stages of the Horizon 2020 programme, feedback from ongoing R&D projects, a brokerage event for future consortia, a review of the Geothermal roadmap, and presentations from the IMAGE project.

Download the draft agenda.

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International leaders from policy and industry to open the European Geothermal Congress 2016

The provisional agenda for the opening session of The European Geothermal Congress 2016 has been announced.EGC2016 LOGO v4
  • Paolo Bertuzzi, CEO Turboden
  • Christian Boissavy and Burkhard Sanner, Presidents AFPG and EGEC
  • Sylvain Brogle, Représentant GEODEEP
  • Robert Herrmann, Président Strasbourg Eurométropole
  • Marc Kugler, Directeur Général, Groupe ÉS
  • Michelle Ramírez, Directora de Geotermia – SENER Mexico
  • Philippe Richert, Président Region Grand Est
  • Anne Sander, Member of European Parliament
  • Virginie Schwarz, Directrice de l’Energie de la DGEC France
  • Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit for New Energy technologies, innovation and clean coal European Commission
 
Will open three days of congress sessions covering Politics and Markets, Technology and Best Practice, and Science. View the agenda and find the details of nearly 400 presentations.
The opening session of the congress will be held in collaboration with Les Journées de la géothermie which will run alongside the congress on Tuesday and Wednesday.