The European Technology & Innovation Platform on Deep Geothermal (ETIP-DG) is an open stakeholder group, endorsed by the European Commission under the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), with the overarching objective to enable deep geothermal technology to proliferate and reach its full potential everywhere in Europe.
The primary objective is overall cost reduction, including social, environmental, and technological costs.
It brings together representatives from industry, academia, research centres, and sectoral associations, covering the entire deep geothermal energy exploration, production, and utilization value chain.
The Platform was launched in March 2016 during a Geothermal Forum of stakeholders, including large companies, SMEs, academia and research institutions. Terms of Reference (ToR) to establish the governance and procedures of the ETIP-DG were adopted in June 2016. The European Commission, DG RTD, officially recognised it as an ETIP in July 2016.
The European Technology and Innovation Platforms (ETIPs) have been recognised by the European Commission as a tool to strengthen cooperation with Stakeholders under the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), as part of the H2020 programme.
The defintion of the needs of RD&I activities covers the development of all deep geothermal technologies.
The integrated SET-Plan Communication defines the EU’s Research and Innovation strategy for coming years. It identifies actions based on system needs, adapts structures created under the original SET plan to ensure more effective interaction between stakeholders, and measures progress against established performance indicators. The plan focuses on 10 actions, the first two of which concern Europe becoming number one in renewables.
The European Commission is publishing a series of ‘Issues Papers’ which form the bases for consultation with stakeholders. The Issues Paper on deep geothermal received input from EGEC, the ETIP on Deep Geothermal, and several other stakeholders and resulted in a Declaration of Intent, which has now been approved. The Declaration of Intent records the agreement reached between representatives of the European Commission services, representatives of the EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Turkey and Switzerland, (i.e. the SET-Plan Steering Group) and representatives from the SET-Plan stakeholders on the implementation of the actions contained in the SET-Plan Communication.
The Declaration of Intent is available on the SETIS website.