SET Plan Deep Geothermal Implementation Working Groups

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The European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) represents the key EU energy R&I initiative that was set up in order to deliver the innovations necessary for delivering the European Green Deal and help Europe to become the ­first climate neutral continent by 2050.

SET Plan Structure

  • The SET Plan contains a dedicated vision for each technology area and sets targets to be reached in the next decades to achieve the next generation of low-carbon energy technologies. For each of these technology areas, Implementation plans have been developed that facilitate the achievement of these targets.
  • To execute the R&I activities presented in the Implementation plans, interested SET Plan countries, and relevant industrial and research stakeholders have formed Implementation Working Groups (IWG). In total there are 13 IWGs that support the work of the SET Plan: (see below)

These Implementation Working Groups have the objective to advance the respective Implementation plans, reaching collectively the agreed technology targets.

Implementation Working Group on Deep Geothermal

  • Objective: The Deep Geothermal Implementation Working Group (DG-IWG) has been set up to support the achievement of targets and R&I activities outlined in the Implementation Plan for Deep Geothermal.
  • Structure: The growth of the European geothermal sector is supported by the geothermal industry; the geothermal research community; and the public sector. The establishment and operation of the DG-IWG is based on that the structure outlined below:
  • Members of the Deep Geothermal Implementation Working Group:

– Member States and non-EU government representatives: Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Turkey, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland;

– representatives of the European Commission;

– the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC)

– the EERA Joint Programme Geothermal Energy (JPGE)

– The European Technology and Innovation Platforms (ETIP) on Deep Geothermal (ETIP DG) and Renewable Heating and Cooling (ETIP RHC).

Implementation Plan for Deep Geothermal (2020)

The Implementation Plan (IP) for Deep Geothermal contains a series of R&I actions that address relevant issues crucial for the development and use of geothermal energy resources.

The Implementation Working Group (IWG) on Deep Geothermal proposed in early 2020 an update of the Implementation Plan (IP) on Deep Geothermal. *

* The 2020 IP is currently up for endorsement of the SET Plan Steering Group

The updated IP contains the following priorities:


A. Geothermal heat in urban areas

B. Integration of geothermal electricity and heating & cooling in the energy system responding to grid and network demands

C. Improvement of overall geothermal energy conversion performance for electricity and heating & cooling generation

D. Closed loop electric and heating & cooling plants integrated in the circular economy

E. Sustainable and efficient production technologies

F. Development and exploitation of geothermal resources in a wider range of geological settings

G. Advanced drilling/well completion techniques

H. Innovative exploration techniques for resource assessment and drilling target definition


A. Increasing awareness of local communities and involvement of stakeholders in sustainable

geothermal solutions

B. Risk mitigation (financial/project)

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The sole responsibility of this publication lies with the author. The European Union is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement
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