EGEC now has more than 120 members from 28 European countries: private companies, national associations, consultants, research centers, geological surveys and other public authorities.
EGEC is a member of the International Geothermal Association (IGA).
The aim of our organisation is to promote the use of geothermal energy, as follows:
• In priority, By exercising appropriate actions among European institutions to implement a legal and institutional framework and financial instruments allowing geothermal sources to compete with conventional energy systems, and to secure economic support in consideration of the environmental benefits.
• By encouraging R&D in the field of geothermal utilisation of the existing resources in Europe and allowing the public at large to access to the R&D results and maximise the utilisation of this renewable energy.
• By conducting any activity which is intended to promote the market deployment of geothermal energy in Europe and the export of European geothermal technology, services and equipment to other parts of the world.
• By representing the interests of the European geothermal energy industry and users to governments and international organizations, with a view to improving business conditions for the industry.
• By co-operating with national and international geothermal associations, and with any other associations promoting research on and application of renewable energy sources, in order to join forces to achieve successful development and implementation in the field of geothermal energy use throughout Europe, and to foster Inter-European cooperation.
By definition, geothermal energy is the energy stored in form of heat below the earth’s surface. It has been used since antiquity for heating, and for about 100 years also for electricity generation. Its potential is inexhaustible in human terms, comparable to that of the sun. Beside electric power generation, geothermal energy is today used for district heating, as well as for heating (and cooling) of individual buildings, including offices, shops, small residential houses, etc.
Geothermal-generated electricity was first produced at Larderello, Italy, in 1904. Iceland, Italy, Turkey, Portugal, Germany and France are the leading countries in Europe today.
The largest geothermal district heating systems within Europe can be found in the Paris and Munich area, with Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and others showing a substantial number of interesting geothermal district heating systems. Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and Austria are the leading countries in terms of market for geothermal heat pumps in Europe.
Today, geothermal power plants exist on every continent, at any place were reservoirs of steam or hot water can be found. The installed capacity in Europe amounts to around 1.6GWe, of which 0.9GWe is in the EU. The relevant resources are far from being fully developed, including in Europe. The concept of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (including the classical Hot-Dry-Rock-idea) is going to add a tremendously to the potential.
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Deep and Direct uses
The earth is full of energy. Virtually any temperature level in the underground can be used directly, for instance with deep boreholes. Did you know, that through deep boreholes almost 4500 MWth yet are installed in Europe? 4500 MWth for a clean environment. However, here again, only a small fraction of the resources are currently used.
Virtually every temperature level in the underground can be used for geothermal energy, even if this means only ca. 3-15 °C, as usual in the shallow underground in European climate. In most cases a heat pump is required here, and cooling can be supplied as well as heating. This technology provides again about 9000 MWth of heating capacity.
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EGEC BOARD 2013 – 2016
Burkhard Sanner / Germany
Miklos Antics / GPC IP / France
Ruggero Bertani / ENEL GP / Italy
Christian Boissavy / Association of French Geothermal Professionals / France
Pierre Ungemach / GPC IP / France
Thor-Erik Musaeus / Rock Energy / Norway
Marco Baresi/ Turboden/ Italy
Joachim Poppei / SSG / Switzerland
Attila Kujbus / Geo ex / Hungary
Ric Pasquali / GT Energy / Ireland
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