During the opening ceremony of the GeoTHERM Exhibition and Congress 2019, the Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award 2019 was awarded to the Swiss company Jansen AG, for their Jansen HIPRESS borehole heat exchanger, a novel technology for applications in depths of 300+ meters, that allows the exploitation of high temperatures at greater depths improving, at the same time, the efficiency of the heat pump.
EGEC is pleased to announce the five endorsed nominations for the Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award 2019. The final candidates are (in alphabetical order):
Registration for the European Geothermal Congress 2019 is now open: take advantage of the Early Bird!
energy utilisation in The Netherlands has been experiencing a tremendous growth
in recent years, mainly due to the development of policy instruments that
tackled barriers such as geological uncertainty and the difficulty in ensuring
EGEC is looking for a full time communication officer (38h/ week), who is able to work starting from March/April 2019, for a period of minimum six months with possibility of a longer term contract. We are looking for a new communication officer to join our small but growing team, collaborating with the Head of Communication & Marketing on communication & projects.
The SMARTSPEND project aims for more and better designed public support for energy technology Research & Innovation
POLE AVENIA and 6 out of its 7 partners in the GEO-ENERGY EUROPE project have signed a Partnership Agreement in Dublin last Monday, January 21, 2019 to formalize the creation of the GEO-ENERGY EUROPE metacluster and sustain its life beyond the end of the ongoing project timeframe (2018-2019).
The commissioning of thelargest ORC system in Europe of 17.5 MWe in the Velika Ciglena geothermal power plant, Croatia, was completed by Turboden for the Turkish customer Geoen – MB Holding, in December 2018. The Velika Ciglena project exploits steam and hot water at 170°C to produce electricity to feed the local power grid.
The General Confederation of Italian Industry (Confindustria) published this week a “White Paper for an Efficient development of Renewable Energy Resources in Italy to 2030” (in Italian). Confindustria recognizes traditional geothermal power plants as the main components of Italy’s geothermal production.
COP24 is kicking off in Katowice, Poland on 3 December. This round of international climate negotiations among partners of the UNFCCC is reputed the most important one following the COP21 in Paris where the parties agreed to pursue an objective of limiting the rise of global temperature well below 2°C, aiming for 1.5°C. Several events on geothermal energy are being organised.
On 28 November 2018, policymakers and industry gathered at the Committee of the Regions for the High-Level Round Table on the Decarbonisation of the Heating Sector, a joint event organised by the European Commission and the Decarb Heat Initiative partners. The timing is right: on the very same day that the European Commission launched its Long-term Emissions Reduction Strategy, the topic of decarbonising heat received the attention it deserves.
Geothermal energy is the energy stored in the form of heat below the surface of solid earth. The deeper one penetrates the interior of the Earth, the warmer it becomes. It is inexhaustible by human standards and so far, it has been used only to a limited extent for heating, cooling and the generation of electricity.
The annual European award for innovation in the geothermal field has been renamed in memory of Ruggero Bertani, who passed away in June 2018 at the age of 62. The award is now designated the Ruggero Bertani Geothermal Innovation Award.