Six nominees for the 2021 European Geothermal Innovation Award

Six nominees for the 2021 European Geothermal Innovation Award Drilling rig at Velizy-Villacoublay, France (source: Engie Solutions)
Alexander Richter 28 Apr 2021

Learn more about the 6 nominees for the 2021 Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award with the winner to be announced this spring.

The annual Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC)  will announce the final winner among the six endorsed nominations.

In a series of posts on the individual nominees, EGEC shared a few more details see the link to the posts in the listing below.

The six finalists are (in alphabetical order):

  • AIMEN Technology Center (Spain). Their innovation is a novel electrochemical-based sensor designed to monitor corrosion in wells and pipes in real-time, without the need of inspection. (read more)
  • ENGIE Solutions / Antea Group (France). They propose an innovative multi-drain design of a borehole, which allows to cross multiple times a geothermal reservoir, significantly increasing its productivity. (read more)
  • EuGeli (France). This project, carried out by Eramet, provides lithium extracted from geothermal brines located in the French/German Upper Rhine Graben. (read more)
  • Hunosa (Spain). Their project turned closed coal mines into a geothermal district heating, using the water of the old coal collieries as a renewable resource. (read more)
  • MegaWatt Solutions Nordic AB (Sweden). They developed an integrated heat pump solution (the E-Box), which is equipped with a SCADA system featuring numerous control features that monitor the energy performance of the entire system. (read more)
  • ON Power (Iceland). Their eco-industrial Geothermal Park uses the energy supply in excess from the Hellisheidi geothermal plant for a small-scale hydrogen production unit and a carbon capture plant. (read more)

“With those 6 project proposals, the finalists demonstrate originality, innovation, and reliability. The high-quality of the more than 15 applications received makes for a challenging competition, showing that the geothermal sector is brimming with unceasing innovation. This award is a great opportunity to promote ingenious projects, and we are honoured to receive so many good and innovative projects every year’’, said Philippe Dumas, EGEC Secretary-General.

The Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award is an initiative of EGEC, the European Geothermal Energy Council, in collaboration with Messe Offenburg, organiser of the GeoTHERM congress. The Award is given to companies which have made an outstanding contribution in the geothermal sector in the form of innovative products, scientific research or project initiatives.

The jury for 2021 is composed of Miklos Antics (France, representing EGEC), Inga Berre (Norway, Professor at University of Bergen), Sandra Kircher (Germany, representing Messe Offenburg), Fausto Batini (Italy, Magma Energy, ETIP-DG President), and Javier Urchueguia (Spain, representing RHC-ETIP geothermal panel).

The Jury will now select the winner, which will be announced in spring 2021.

In a series of posts

Source: EGEC