• PUBLISHED: December 14, 2023

In order to decarbonise the electricity, heating, and transport sectors and reach a climate neutrality by 2050, Europe needs a wide range of renewable technologies, including geothermal systems. Geothermal will be a key energy source in the European decarbonized energy mix. Indeed, geothermal is a unique energy source that can provide a significant share of electricity, heating and cooling, thermal storage and minerals such as lithium. It is a source of energy which is renewable, local and continuously available as it is not dependent on climate conditions. Europe has pioneered the exploitation of geothermal resources for over a century and the EU still maintains a leading role due to research, innovation and the development of new technologies allowing the production of geothermal power as well as heating and cooling everywhere. 

The project GEOTHERM-FORA aims at facilitating Research and Innovation (R&I) activities in geothermal systems by supporting the work of two Geothermal fora, already established: The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Geothermal (ETIP-Geothermal) and the Geothermal Implementation Working Group (IWG) 

Research, development, and innovation (RD&I) are needed to develop renewable technologies, accompanied by market uptake measures. Major investments in geothermal research and innovation are necessary to develop and deploy the next generation of geothermal technologies and to answer the challenges for the transformation of our energy system towards a decarbonisation of our economy. The added value of a joint European RD&I framework is very clear in the geothermal sector where engineers and manufacturers all over Europe are facing similar challenges to develop and operate efficient systems and to reduce costs. 

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