Please save the date for the DARLINGe – Danube Region Leading Geothermal Energy – project kick-off meeting, that EUSDR Priority Area 2 (Energy) is organising on 10 April 2017 in Budapest.
This is a public event with the aim to give information about the launch and scope of the project. The project was successfully addressed to the 1st call of the Danube Transnational Programme, under Priority Area “Better connected and energy responsible Danube region”. 15 partners and 7 associated strategic partners (geological surveys, universities, public bodies, private companies) from 6 countries are working together to enhance the sustainable and energy-efficient use of untapped deep geothermal energy resources in the heating sector in the Central and South-Eastern part of the Danube Region.
The specific objectives of the DARLINGe project are:
- To increase the use of geothermal energy and help the penetration of energy efficient cascade systems and matching them with heat-markets. This will be done by the outline and characterization of potential geothermal reservoirs at the project area combined with a heat market analysis.
- To establish a market-replicable tool-box (methodology) consisting of 3 complementary modules for sustainable geothermal reservoir management (benchmark evaluation of current uses, decision tree to provide a step-by-step guide to project developers, and a geological risk mitigation scheme to maximize the success rate of a first geothermal well reaching the expected yield and temperature). These tools will be tested and verified in 3 cross-border pilot areas.
- To advance stakeholder cooperation (establishment of a Transnational Stakeholder Forum) to foster geothermal developments and to create a strong geothermal value chain.
DARLINGe project team expects that results will increase and contribute to energy security and energy efficiency by raising the use of geothermal energy in the heating sector, which will make the Danube Region less dependent on imported fossil fuels, also respecting the environment.
Project outputs include: various training materials, Danube Region Geothermal Information Platform (interactive web-portal), Transnational Geothermal Strategy and Action Plans, tool-box tested at 3 cross-border pilot areas.