GeoAtlantic Project – Promoting the use of geothermal energy in the regions of the Atlantic Area | Think GeoEnergy

View over Almeria, Spain (source: flickr / Roberto, creative commons)

The GeoAtlantic project, funded by the European Union, aims to contribute to European strategies to promote sustainable and intelligent growth, based on the endogenous resources of the Atlantic regions, in particular geothermal energy.

One of the goals of the EU’s energy strategy is to move beyond a fossil fuel economy. The new Renewable Energy Directive proposes as a binding target for the EU that at least 27% of its energy come from renewable sources by 2030. Many of the changes that this transition implies will be noticed in cities and municipalities.

In combination with technologies, renewable sources can meet the demand for heat and cold, which accounts for half of the final energy demand in Europe. And there is still a long way to go in energy production.

“An appropriate economic and political environment is necessary to advance in research, innovate, explore, design, finance, build and start up geothermal energy facilities” (EGEC 2015).

In this context, the GeoAtlantic project will directly contribute to European strategies to promote sustainable and intelligent growth, based on the endogenous resources of the Atlantic regions. Geothermal energy, particularly in the production of electricity, is still new in most regions of the Atlantic Area and it is an area to be explored.

Only part of the potential of geothermal energy is exploited. The increase in its use and the strengthening of the geothermal industry will lead to a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions.

Geothermal energy is a local energy source, which produces electricity and heat for cities and rural communities or for uses such as agriculture. It allows a decentralized approach, empowers the consumer and chooses a more democratic energy model.

In the participating territories, projects of this type have not yet been promoted or are under study, so the network of partners will act as a catalyst for innovative solutions for the supply of local energy from endogenous renewable resources and which will reduce the impact on CO2 production.

GeoAtlantic focuses on several key activities:

  • Bench: seeking to promote knowledge of initiatives, technologies and the latest advances to boost local ecosystems in favor of energy transition and promote available geothermal energy and the most appropriate solutions at the local level in the Atlantic Arc.
  • Capacity: aiming to train local authorities and local authorities, through training and advice at different levels, to provide an effective response from an energy point of view to the threat posed by climate change and the construction of a new energy model.
  • Innovation & Enterprise: Skills and research and transfer capacities at the local level will be encouraged to strengthen the chain of the geothermal energy sector.
  • Local action: Promotion of local political frameworks and common support instruments between the various actors and actors of the Atlantic Area to favor the energy transition and the promotion of geothermal energy.

Part of the project concerns regions of the Atlantic area of ​​the European Union in Spain, Portugal, France, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

The project is now organizing four internships to promote the emergence of geothermal energy in Gironde / France on November 27, 2018. Find out more here, and here (in French).


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