EGEC, the European Geothermal Energy Council, is a non-profit international organisation founded in 1998 to promote the European geothermal industry and enable its development both in Europe and worldwide, by shaping policy, improving business condition, and driving more research and development.
Based in Brussels, we work with our members on policy, market intelligence, and communication, providing a link between the industry and European institutions. More than 120 members from 28 countries, including developers, equipment manufacturers, electricity providers, national associations, consultants, research centres, geological surveys, and public authorities, make EGEC a unique network, uniting and representing the entire geothermal sector.
GPC IP, FRANCE
KAMILA IZABELLA PIOTROWSKA, BAKER HUGHES
GEOENERGIE KONZEPT GMBH
FRAUNHOFER IEG, GERMANY
GEOPLAT & UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA, SPAIN
CROATIAN HYDROCARBON AGENCY, CROATIA
GEOTHERMAL EXPRESS LTD, HUNGARY
Geothermal heat pumps provide the most efficient and cheapest energy in Europe, because they operate using constant underground temperature.
A geothermal heat pump turns the heat under the surface of the earth into heating, cooling and hot water for use in any kind and size of buildings, from homes to offices, schools, swimming-pools, shopping centres and public buildings.
The whole system is very simple and can be installed almost anywhere throughout Europe. The installation of boreholes allows the exchange of geothermal energy between the ground and the building (simply by circulating groundwater or a brine through pipes).
A geothermal district heating and cooling system meets the energy demands of buildings and industrial users alike. It can be tailored to suit different needs: residential buildings, greenhouses, industries, offices, and countless others.
In a large geothermal heating system, geothermal energy comes from an underground reservoir of water and hot rocks and is transported through a distribution network into buildings or processed by industries.
Drilling at a depth of 1 to 3 km is potentially enough to install geothermal heating networks everywhere in Europe. Today many European cities - such as Paris, Munich, Milan, Southampton - are powered by this system.
In the future, geothermal district heating networks could provide energy for 25% of the European population.
A geothermal power plant has a capacity ranging from 1 to 40 Mwe to produce baseload electricity. It is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to match consumer demand while providing grid stability.
Geothermal power plants require high temperatures in deep reservoirs to produce electricity. But temperature and depth can vary widely according to the different regions and the characteristics of the site.
Geothermal energy comes from wells drilled into the earth to reach a reservoir. Steam or hot water are piped to the surface to power a turbine that generates electricity.
Geothermal energy is the heat stored beneath the Earth’s surface. It is an endless source of renewable energy, which can be used for heating, cooling, electricity and energy storage for countless uses in buildings, industry and agriculture
Membership of EGEC is open to private and public bodies operating in the geothermal sector provided that they are located or have operations within Europe. Membership fees are based on size, turnover, and scope of the body requesting association.
Apply for membership by completing the online application below. Applications are subject to decision by the EGEC board. For more information contact the Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org