From Vision to Reality: discover the new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for Geothermal!


  • PUBLISHED: November 21, 2023

The European Technology & Innovation Platform on Geothermal (ETIP-G) is pleased to announce the release, today in Pisa during its annual conference, of its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for  Geothermal technologies. 

This R&I agenda aims to shape the strategic plan for research and innovation (R&I) in the geothermal sector and to outline research priorities for the upcoming decades.

In recent years, the European Union (EU) has implemented several legislative measures to guide the energy transition. Geothermal energy, as a distinct and pivotal form of renewable energy, offers capabilities such as encompass electric generation, heating, cooling, hot water provision and thermal underground storage for short and seasonal storage. The imperative to respond effectively to the climate crisis, ensure energy supply resilience, and offer accessible energy necessitates our journey toward a climate-neutral economy by 2050. 

To be successful in these endeavours, the R&I of improved next-generation geothermal systems and technologies are crucial for developing new applications, exploring markets, and meeting deployment targets in the EU for the 2050 milestones. The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) recommends actions and research priorities to address key technological and transversal challenges, aiming to turn the vision into a solid reality between now and 2050.

Fausto Batini, ETIP Geothermal President, expressed gratitude to all ETIP Geothermal members for creating “this Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda on geothermal technologies. The merger with the RHC-Plaform geothermal panel from 2023 has even strengthened the power of the ETIP and made it a unique and relevant platform for geothermal R&I. Developing these technologies will make geothermal the key energy source of the transition towards climate neutrality by 2050. Geothermal technologies are a solution for the electricity system, the heating and cooling supply, the system integration with thermal underground storage, and the sustainable extraction of minerals such as lithium. Geothermal will support local economic development and security of energy supply in a sustainable way.” 

The SET Plan Geothermal IWG estimates that current annual investment, both public and private, in national and transnational research and innovation projects in the geothermal sector needs to be tripled from €100 million to €300 million by 2030 in order for Europe to reach its goals on transitioning to renewable energy sources. This is in line with the ambitions and the potential for geothermal energy.

Therefore, ETIP Geothermal would like to request more funding for geothermal research and innovation in WP 2025 – 2027 in order to properly implement the key climate & energy, and industrial policies.

About the ETIP-Geothermal

The European Technology & Innovation Platform on Geothermal (ETIP-Geothermal) is an open stakeholder group, endorsed by the European Commission under the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), with the overarching objective to enable  geothermal technologies to proliferate and reach its full potential everywhere in Europe.

Download the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for Geothermal.

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