Geothermal-DHC's vision


The vision of Geothermal-DHC

The COST network aims at developing a competence and research platform for the use of geothermal energy in European heating and cooling grids.

Geothermal-DHC aims to capitalize knowledge from more than 50 national- and international research projects and over 30 planned and existing case studies to demonstrate that geothermal energy has the potential to significantly enhance the share of renewable energy sources in heating and cooling grids to

  • 30% in 2030
  • 50% in 2050

in Europe.

Existing and promising solution, identified barriers and research gaps and proposed strategies and measures will be summarized in a joint roadmap to reach the above mentioned 2030 and 2050 targets.

How is Geothermal-DHC organized?

Our network relies on a flexible, matrix based structure. Four major working groups (Permanent Working Groups - PWG) organize the key aspects of Geothermal-DHC:

  • PWG1 “Technology” addresses the technological aspects of including geothermal energy into heating and cooling grids along its decision and development path from the early planning, resource assessment, installation and its safe and environmental friendly operation
  • PWG 2 “Outreach and Communication” supports the interaction of the network with addressed target groups from research, industry or communities and promotes the vision of Geothermal-DHC to the outside world
  • PWG 3 “Promoting Young Careers” aims at educating young researchers, who will be the next generation of decision makers and consultants on key aspects of geothermal energy in heating and cooling grids
  • PWG 4 “Capitalization and Uptakes” supports the long term development of the research network and the transition into a competence platform

The Permanent Working Groups are supported by flexible Ad Hoc Working Groups, which address certain topics inside the networks and connect the PWGs on cross-cutting aspects like setting up a knowledge platform or supporting targeted stakeholder communication.