Geothermal groups launch European geothermal/ geo-energy cluster
With Geo-Energy Europe, a transnational cluster specifically aimed at increasing the performance & competitiveness of European SMEs in the geo-energy space in Europe and internationally has been established with various European geothermal groups.
Announced already late last month, European geothermal groups – among them the Turkish Geothermal Power Plant Investors Association – have launched the Geo-Energy Europe project.
Funded under the “Clusters Go International” call, which is part of the European Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) programme, the project will consist in creating a transnational cluster specifically aimed at increasing the performance & competitiveness of European SMEs in all industries concerned by the use of subsurface for energy, or “geo-energy”, on transnational (EU) and world markets.
The GEO-ENERGY EUROPE project officially started on January 1, 2018 for a duration of 2 years, and involves 8 partners from 7 EU and COSME participating countries: POLE AVENIA (coordinator) and GEODEEP in France, EGEC in Belgium, GEOPLAT in Spain, GEOENERGY CELLE in Germany, CAPES in Hungary, JESDER in Turkey and GEOSCIENCE IRELAND.
As reflected by the consortium composition, made of 4 clusters in applied geoscience or geo-energy at large and 4 business network organizations specialized in geothermal energy, the funded 2 years program will primarily target its networking activities, cross-sectorial skill & technology transfers, market studies and strategic planning towards the promotion and industrial take-off of the emerging deep geothermal energy industry for district and industrial heating and power generation, in line with the European and most national energy transition goals.
The GEO-ENERGY EUROPE partners all met in a plenary form for the first time at EGEC’s premises in Brussels on February 21, 2018 (see photo), following an official Clusters Go International program kick-off at the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) on February 20, and in the mark of the European Commission’s Industry Days, on February 21-23.
Source: Release by JESDER