The boost of geothermal resources

The GeoAtlantic project: Boosting local ecosystems for the use of geothermal energy in the communities, seeks to promote the use of geothermal energy in communities, through the joint development of tools and methodologies that allow the implementation of favorable local ecosystems, both for electrical energy as for thermal. In this sense, action will be taken to improve the knowledge and capacities of the different actors, in support of technology transfer, as well as in the implementation of local policies and pilot demonstrations of the use of geothermal energy.

The project is led by the City Council of Ourense and has a consortium formed by EnergyLab; ITER (Canary Islands Technological and Renewable Energy Institute); AMCB (Associação de Municipios da Cova da Beira); Center for Renewable Energy Research (CIENER) of the INEGI (Institute of Science and Innovation in Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial, Portugal); University of Porto; Islay Energy Trust- IET; Argyll, Lomond and the Islands Energy (ALIENERGY); Eden Project- EP; Agence Locale de l’Energie et du Climat -ALEC de France; Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) of Ireland; European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) located in Brussels; Associação das Agências de Energia e Ambiente (Rede Nacional de Portugal) -RNAE and the Department of Geothermal Resources of the Portuguese company EDA RENOVÁVEIS. In addition, as associate entities that will also collaborate with the project would be the Regional Secretariat of Energy, Environment and Tourism of Acores, the Municipal Chamber of Ribeira Grande de Açores and the Municipal Chamber of Povoaçao de Açores.

The general objective of the project is to develop methodologies and cooperation tools in order to create the necessary conditions to favor the energy transition in the Atlantic Area through the promotion of local geothermal resources.

The specific objectives of GeoAtlantic are the following:

• Develop cooperation among private, public and research stakeholders through the articulation of the geothermal energy value chain of a specific community or local territory.
• Promote the development of local policy frameworks and support instruments to promote the energy transition and the promotion of geothermal energy.
• Train communities and local authorities to give an effective response from the energy point of view to the threat posed by climate change.
• Increase the social acceptance of renewable energies, especially geothermal energy by local communities.
• Awareness among the public and local communities, especially among SMEs, about the relevance and business opportunities available in the use and application of geothermal energy.



The scope of EnergyLab tasks within the project will be the following:

– Identification of geothermal technologies with potential for the territory that is the object of the project
– Creation of partnerships between research centers and technology providers
– Monitoring, monitoring and analysis of demonstration projects and
– Project dissemination and dissemination tasks

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