The environmental impact of geothermal energy has recently been a topic of debate in the European Parliament, raised by Italian MEPs. Now, a scientific paper published by Manzella et all. analyses the issue more in depth and provides an assessment of the environmental impact of geothermal in Tuscany and the regulatory background. It concludes that “partial or incorrectly provided information represents a serious threat to geothermal development”.
Back in May 2017, the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM), the European Geothermal Association (EGEC) and the European Solar Thermal Association (ESTIF), released joint position papers on the Electrification of Heating and Cooling & the Link Between the PEF and Eco-Design/Energy Labeling Regulations. Now, they support #noWildElectrification, claiming that electrification of the heating and cooling and transport sectors should be done in a sensible way to promote the increased uptake of renewables, both RES-E and RES-H&C.
During a visit to Iceland, Miki Plichta from Slovakia interviewed remarkable pioneers working with geothermal energy power in the island.
GeoEnergy Days (3-5 July 2018) is the first international event in France offering a unique opportunity to the 500 expected participants to share skills and experiences, develop partnerships and grow business with and within the geo-energy industries (upstream oil & gas, deep geothermal energy, geological storage + minerals & mining for the energy transition).
The Geothermal Panel of the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-ETIP) has announced the new Steering Committee for the period 2018-2020.
EGEC announces endorsed nominations for this year’s European Geothermal Innovation Award. EGEC is pleased to announce the five endorsed nominations for the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2018. The final candidates are (in alphabetical order):
The International Sustainable Energy Conference – ISEC 2018 has launched its call for abstracts. The conference is promoter for innovative ideas in the areas of renewable energy systems and resource efficiency, and is intended to be a forum for research, industry and energy policy.
A new project GEO-ENERGY EUROPE is launching to build a transnational cluster, specifically aimed at increasing SMEs performance & competitiveness in all industries concerned by the use of subsurface for energy, or "geo-energy".
In September 2017, category 5 hurricane "Maria" hit the Caribbean islands just a few days after the devastation already carried in the area by the previous one, "Irma".
A training course in deep geothermal systems is being organised by the Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics of the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland).
IRENA has released its latest report on Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2017, which highlights cost for renewable energy projects and levelized cost of electricity generation, showing the continued competitiveness of geothermal energy.