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Associations sign cooperation to promote geothermal in Spain

Guadix, Granda, Spain (source: flickr/ Twaize, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 9 Dec 2012

Association of Geologists (ICOG) and the Association of Renewable Energy Producers (APPA) have signed a cooperation agreement with the aim of generating initiatives, projects and promposals to promote geothermal energy in Spain.

The official Association of Geologists (ICOG) and the Association of Renewable Energy Producers (APPA) have signed a cooperation agreement with the aim of generating initiatives, projects and promposals to promote geothermal energy in Spain.

The aim is to create actions that promote the benefits of geothermal energy in general and in particular for the energy future of Spain, for the political arena of Spain but also the general public.

As in most other jurisdictions, geothermal energy has been very much neglected in the national renewable energy plan, but is seen having a potential to contribute to the objectives of the plan.

So while the sector values a consideration as one of the “novel renewable energy” technologies in Spain and a set of specific measures was created to foster development, the overall targets are falling “far to short of the true potential” of geothermal enery in Spain.

There are various measures taken that are targeting shallow geothermal, namely heat pumps.

The GEOPLAT- Spanish Geothermal Technology Platform, has prepared a “Strategic Innovation Agenda for the Spanish geothermal sector”, that sets out technological priorities for the coming years. If implemented they would mean an “an important step in the learning curve of geothermal energy development in Spain. It further would help in transforming geothermal energy technology as part of renewable eneryg in Spain and help make it “increasingly competitive”.

Source: EuropaPress (in Spanish)