In Brussels, the 4th and 5th of February took place the Two days Geothermal Brussels events with more than 60 participants from different European countries.

The first days was dedicated to present the first results from the GEOENVI project, the final conclusions from the consortium awarded of the EC tender: “Study on Geothermal plants’ and applications’ emissions: overview and analysis”, conducted by the Ernst&Young, RINA and VITO, which aim at setting an adapted methodology for assessing environmental impacts and risks of geothermal projects. We remind all participants to send their remarks to the consortium by this Sunday 8th of February 2020.

The day-2 was dedicated to three sessions:

– The continuation of the GEOENVI seminar dealing with mitigation measures of environmental issues and environmental regulations. This session was accompanied by case studies presentation.

– the industry workshop of the SU-DG-IWG about defining deep geothermal reference plants & assets. Feel free to send your inputs and comments to EGEC at

– the last session was and ETIP-DG meeting aiming at selecting research priorities for Horizon Europe. The next targets of the IWG-DG were also discussed. You are able to send your comments and inputs by Friday 21/02/2020

Agenda of the event


Tuesday 4th February :

Joint session: GEOENVI project and the final conclusions of the EC tender:

Wednesday 5th February :



GEOENVI national workshop for Belgium

A joint SU-DG-IWG & ETIP-DG event:

*missing presentations to come soon

A joint SU-DG-IWG & ETIP-DG event:

Industry workshop on monitoring reference plants & assets

ETIP-DG Stakeholders meeting

IWG DG SU platform for industry-research exchange:

On 23 September 2019, the Innovation Fund Workshop was followed by an ETIP-DG Stakeholders Meeting. The meeting included:


Presentations online:

The Annual Conference 2019 of the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Deep Geothermal (ETIP-DG) took place on Thursday 13th of June , in The Hague, Netherlands.

The event presented the work carried out by the platform so far and the final draft of the Implementation Roadmap, which defines the European research priorities to 2020 to 2030. The priorities have been presented, discussed and validated during the event. Latest inputs provided during the event, will be integrated in the final version of the Roadmap.


The open consultation has been recorded on May 24th, 2019 and it was related to the upcoming Implementation Roadmap for Deep Geothermal.


Prediction and assessment of resources: Adele Manzella

Resource access and development: Ben Laenen

Heat and electricity generation: Philippe Dumas

From RD&I do deployment: Philippe Dumas

Knowledge sharing: Adele Manzella

ETIP DG activities

Next steps ETIP DG

Link to the open consultation:

Download the material by clicking here



The European Technology & Innovation Platform on Deep Geothermal (ETIP-DG) has released today its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for Deep Geothermal, which aims to shape the strategic plan for research and innovation (R&I) in the geothermal sector and to outline research priorities for the upcoming decades.

In March 2018, the Vision for Deep Geothermal outlined the goals to be achieved in terms of performance and cost‐reductions. Now, the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda recommends actions and research priorities that should be addressed to achieve the key technological and transversal challenges that could make the Vision a solid reality between now and 2050.

Over the last 10 years, the European geothermal sector has matured and consolidated its position as a technological leader. Although the market has enlarged, there is still considerable resource potential in Europe which remains hidden and untapped. The overall development of geothermal and its comprehensive contribution to a decarbonised and efficient European energy market require further research and innovation actions. Successful accomplishment of the priorities detailed in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda requires an increased and more coordinated allocation of private and public (EU, national and regional) funds.

“Research, Innovation and Competitiveness are key for ensuring energy security, energy efficiency and the decarbonisation of the EU economy,” says Fausto Batini, Chairman of the ETIP-DG. “Geothermal energy for heating and cooling and electricity generation is significant resource within the energy system of the future and will contribute to making Europe the global leader in renewable energies.”

Discover more about the many possibilities for geothermal energy in a sustainable future.

The ETIP-DG relased a video on its Vision for the future of geothermal energy.


Seven European Technology and Innovation Platforms in renewable energy, including the RHC-ETIP and the ETIP-DG, in collaboration with EUREC and the ETIP-SNET (dealing in smart grids and storage), recently released a paper on the novelties introduced by Horizon Europe, the EU’s flagship research and innovation programme for the period 2021-2027. Among these novelties are Strategic Planning and Missions.

Strategic Planning refers to a process whereby the areas of research and innovation that are eligible to be funded are fine-tuned and defined, possibly in a funding plan that spans several years. “Missions” are catchily-worded headlines for specific achievements that the EU wants to aim for by a certain date. They describe a challenge that is at least in some way technological, but that might rely heavily on behavioral change induced by regulation to be realised.

The ETIPs have examined what these might mean for governance around European energy technology policy. The paper cab be downloaded here.

Brussels, 11th January 2019 – Flexible and dispatchable renewable generation technologies have an important role to play for a full and cost-efficient decarbonisation of the electric power sector: this was the focus of “FlexiRES” an afternoon of policy debates organised in the framework of the DG ETIP project, jointly with the bioenergy, geothermal, ocean energy and solar thermal electricity sectors. The event discussed the different paths towards the decarbonisation of the electricity sector, how flexible renewable solutions could complement the deployment of variable renewable supply, and promote RD&I priorities such as flexibility, storage, hybrid plants.

Introducing the debate by illustrating why flexibility is a valuable resource for the electricity system, Christoph Wieland (Technical University of Munich) insisted that “We need to reconsider environmental issues in sustainable development”, noting that the environmental impact must be part of the bottom-line of economic actors and not in competition with profitability.

A first panel explored some of the technological solutions capable of providing flexibility to the system, to ensure the lights stay on when variable supply cannot keep up. The panel comprised Marco Baresi (Turboden), presenting the ETIP-DG Geothermal vision of the future; Marcel Bial (ESTELA), insisting on the role of flexible renewables as an enabler of variable ones; Ralf Wezel (EUTurbines), presenting the ETIP SNET Vision 2050, where complementarity between resources is expected to be a central feature of the energy system; and Johan Van Bael (VITO), with the concrete example of running the first flexible geothermal power plant of Belgium. The debate notably emphasised the importance of complementarity, thinking in terms of system value, and the need to maximise local resources for a cost-effective decarbonisation and a secure supply.

The second panel then debated the value of flexibility, and the policy and economic steps that would encourage actors to reap the benefits of flexible renewables. Elaine O’Connell (European Commission), highlighted that the future European electricity market rules will put a higher value on flexibility and encourage innovation to demonstrate renewable electricity technologies. Donagh Cagney (Ocean Energy Europe) emphasized the role of flexible renewables in improving the system value of decarbonisation through complementarity. Hanns Koening (AURORA Energy Research), presented the conclusions of an extensive study assessing the different cost characteristics and intrinsic value between flexible renewables, in this case biomass CHP, and variable ones which reflect a different reality than the partial perspective provided by LCOE. Felice Simonelli (CEPS) noted that the reliability of supply is a major factor in the decision of companies to shift to corporate sourcing of renewable electricity: they want to be sure to always receive renewable power, and flexible renewables can be a solution to that end.

Concluding the event, Jean Marc Jossart (Bioenergy Europe) put the accent on one of the key messages of the discussion: “It is not one technology or the other.” Different renewable electricity technologies and different flexibility resources are necessary and complementary solutions to the imperative of decarbonisation. Flexible renewables are a valuable asset to reach this goal.

Contacts: Thomas Garabetian |

The event was organized by ETIP-DG, in cooperation with EGEC Geothermal, BioEnergy Europe, Ocean Energy Europe, ESTELA.