In the birthplace of geothermal energy (Pisa, Italy), the European Technology & Innovation Platform on Deep Geothermal has presented its “Vision for Deep Geothermal” to look at future development of deep geothermal energy and highlight the great potential of untapped geothermal resources across Europe.
Meeting this week in Tuscany, a region where geothermal already employs nearly 10,000 people and provides clean and reliable energy to thousands more, helping reduce dependency from fossil fuels imports, the ETIP-DG releases its Vision document and launches works on its Strategic Research Agenda.
“Our Vision is that by 2050 geothermal energy can cover a significant part of domestic heat and electricity demand,” said Ruggero Bertani, Chairman of the ETIP-DG. “As a local and stable source of renewable energy, geothermal will be crucial in the future energy system, providing power, heat and thermal storage.”
The publication highlights how the success of the energy transition entails designing optimal scenarios in terms of costs and affordability for the customers and the citizens, while guaranteeing energy comfort. The Vision is designed to trigger a debate about how best to achieve a future for geothermal energy in Europe that is secure, affordable and carbon free, and which has the least impact on nature. It puts forward ten key messages (see below), which include growth, a focus on resource potential, sustainability, cogeneration and hybridisation, without forgetting the social dimension.
In the upcoming months, the Strategic Research Agenda and Roadmap documents will outline the research priorities to develop between now and 2050 if this Vision is to be achieved.