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EU releases Horizon 2020 call for funding of EUR 10m for EGS research project

EGS Stimulation Fluid Diagram by the PNNL & US DOE (Source: Phys Org)
Alexander Richter 11 May 2017

The EU Commission has released the last call for funding under its Horizon 2020 program, among them a EUR 10 million funding package for research on Enhanced Geothermal Systems in different geological conditions.

The last call for funding under the current Horizon 2020 ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’ Work Programme opened today. Applicants are invited to submit their project proposals aiming to demonstrate innovative renewable energy technologies by 7 September 2017. The total available budget is €105 million.

Nine topics of the Competitive Low-Carbon Energy call are now open for research and innovation proposals, among them one geothermal:

  • LCE-18-2017, Enhanced Geothermal Systems in different geological conditions, EUR 10 million ($11 million)

Specific Challenge:

Geothermal resources at medium-high temperature can produce at competitive costs electricity, heat or a combination of both. Routinely created enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) offer the opportunity to produce geothermal energy throughout Europe, including in locations where natural reservoirs are not available. In order to increase the number of geothermal installations, enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) have to be demonstrated as cost-competitive whereby innovative solutions are needed to allow for applications in geologic systems with different characteristics and of different origin.

Scope:

Proposals should aim at testing EGS systems to ensure reservoir productivity in different geological settings and energy production at competitive costs. Proposals could propose up-scaling existing EGS systems.

TRL 7 shall be achieved at the end of project activities (please see part G of the General Annexes).

Opening the project’s test sites, pilot and demonstration facilities, or research infrastructures for practice oriented education, training or knowledge exchange is encouraged.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 6 to 10 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

The actions will provide the data and the experience required to lower the costs for geothermal electricity and heat production in different geological conditions applying the EGS technology. The action will contribute to increase the penetration of geothermal energy by demonstrating the viability of EGS.

More details via link below.

Source: EU Commission, LCE-18-2017 (EGS project)