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Shortlist of European Geothermal Innovation Award 2014 announced

European Geothermal Innovation Award
Alexander Richter 3 Feb 2014

The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) has announced the shortlist of 4 companies nominated for the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2014. The Winner will be announced at the upcoming GeoTHERM expo & congress in Offenburg, Germany, February 20-21, 2014.

The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) has announced the shortlist of four companies in the run for the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2014.

The nomination committee endorsed the following companies in alphabetical order:

  • Bestec (DE), for their contribution to the development of commercial EGS projects.
  • Exergy (IT), for their Radial Outflow Turbine for geothermal binary plants.
  • Groenholland (NL), for their innovative contribution in the shallow geothermal field
  • Zorlu (TR), for the Kizildere Phase II plant, which has a binary unit and supplies district and greenhouse heating.

Nominations for the award are assessed on grounds of originality, innovation, reliability, reduction of emissions, and improvements in energy output. The Jury selected the ideas from fifteen entries and will now deliberate to select an overall winner which will be announced on 20th February.

Designed as an opportunity for industry peers to acknowledge excellence, and for the most exciting ideas to be widely publicised, the European Geothermal Innovation Award is the seal of excellence applied to the most intelligent and important ideas in research and industry which will play a key role in the future development of geothermal energy.

“The number and quality of the nominations has made the selection process very difficult; indeed we were unable to agree on a fifth nomination, which is why we have restricted ourselves to four this year” said Dr Burkhard Sanner, President of EGEC and member of the Jury. “Although the decision was difficult, it was a pleasure to read the exciting ideas, and deeply encouraging to see the vivacity of the geothermal industry. On behalf of the Jury I would like to thank everyone who entered the competition for this first edition of the award”.

The jury for 2014 is composed of Victor van Heekeren (The Netherlands), Adele Manzella (Italy), Ladislaus Rybach (Switzerland), Burkhard Sanner (EGEC), and Sandra Kircher (Messe Offenburg).

The European Geothermal Innovation Award 2014 is an initiative from The European Geothermal Energy Council in collaboration with Messe Offenburg, organisers of the GeoTHERM fair and congress.

Source: EGEC by email