Colombia to be lead in UNESCO project on geothermal resources for energy transition

team members presenting results of the first version of the UNESCO IGCP-636 project at “6th European Geothermal Workshop”, Strasbourg 2018 (Source: AGEOCOL)
Alexander Richter 3 May 2020

A team from Colombia will be the lead in the second phase of the IGCP-636 project by UNESCO, that looks into how geothermal resources can be tapped in pushing energy transition.

Under the slogan “Earth Sciences for Society”, the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) of UNESCO announced last days the approval of the second version of the IGCP-636 project: Geothermal Resources for Energy Transition.

IGCP-636 is an international project of cooperation and scientific, technological and social innovation in the field of geothermal energy. The first version of the project worked under the title: “Unifying international research forces to unlock and strengthen geothermal exploitation of the Americas and Europe”.

From the present year 2020 and until the year 2024, the UNESCO IGCP-636 project will be led by Colombia through Dr. Daniela Blessent of the University of Medellin and current president of AGEOCOL.

The project team is joined by 21 organizations from 15 different countries. For Colombia, the Colombian Geological Survey (SGC), the Colombian Geothermal Association (AGEOCOL), the University of Medellin (UDEM), and the Colombian Section of WING (Women in Geothermal) will participate.

The main objective of the IGCP-636 project is to promote the use of geothermal resources as a sustainable energy product through

  1. increasing the knowledge and understanding of deep geothermal systems
  2. conduct outreach activities with focus groups and communities; and
  3. promote the installation of geothermal heat pumps.

AGEOCOL is convinced this project will bring progress and learning to continue promoting the use of energy on our planet.

Source: Colombian Geothermal Association (AGEOCOL) via IGA