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The purpose of this guide (English version) published by the BRGM and the ADEME in 2019 is to provide project owners and project managers with recommendations when carrying out deep geothermal drilling. This guide currently includes 22 fact sheets divided into 9 categories (Reminders of best practices and surface area, Drilling, Casings, Cementing, Deviation, Completion, Loggings, Development and testing, Operation).
BRGM, the French National Geological Survey, draws on its geological expertise to respond to 21st-century challenges concerning the use and management of the subsurface, such as renewable heat, energy and waste storage, developing the circular economy in terms of land and mineral use, traceability, groundwater resources, reclaiming industrial wasteland, and the management of natural risks.
ADEME, the French Agency for the Ecological Transition, is active in the implementation of french public policy in the areas of the environment, energy and sustainable development.
ADEME provides expertise and advisory services to businesses, local authorities and communities, government bodies and the public at large, to enable them to establish and consolidate their environmental action.
The agency helps finance projects, from research to implementation, in its areas of action.
AFPG, the French geothermal association, has around one hundred members who represent the various geothermal energy sectors in mainland France and the overseas departements and regions including drilling companies, manufacturers and heat-pump installers, heating network operators, design and engineering offices, universities and research organisations, equipment manufacturers, investors, etc.
Its missions are to represent and unite professionals in the French sector, to inform authorities, manufacturers and individuals about resources and the diverse range of geothermal solutions and to support the public authorities in terms of regulation, legislation and certification.
GEODEEP is a French multi-disciplinary cluster gathering large worldwide corporations and specialized companies in geothermal engineering and power plant EPC.
The cluster aims at promoting the french know how on all the deep geothermal value chain at international level.
EGEC, the European Geothermal Energy Council, is a non-profit international organisation founded in 1998 to promote the European geothermal industry and enable its development both in Europe and worldwide, by shaping policy, improving business condition, and driving more research and development.
Based in Brussels, EGEC works with its members on policy, market intelligence and communication, providing a link between the industry and European institutions.
More than 120 members from 28 countries, including developers, equipment manufacturers, electricity providers, national associations, consultants, research centres, geological surveys, and public authorities, belong to the network, representing the entire geothermal sector. See also its Go Geothermal platform.
The European Technology & Innovation Platform on Deep Geothermal (ETIP-DG) is an open stakeholder group, endorsed by the European Commission under the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), with the overarching objective to enable deep geothermal technology to proliferate and reach its full potential everywhere in Europe.
The primary objective is overall cost reduction, including social, environmental, and technological costs. The Platform was launched in March 2016.
The European Technology & Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (ETIP-RHC), officially endorsed by the European Commission since October 2008, aims at playing a decisive role in maximising synergies and strengthening efforts towards research, development and technological innovation which will consolidate Europe’s leading position in the sector. As a result, the whole society will benefit from the increasing contribution of renewable heating and cooling to the European Union’s targets.
The geothermal panel of the RHC-Platform has been launched on 15 April 2009. It is composed today by 300 geothermal experts from the industry and the research sector. The secretariat of the panel is managed by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC).
The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) represents the majority of the European heat pump industry. Its members comprise of heat pump and component manufacturers, research institutes, universities, testing labs and energy agencies.
Its key goal is to promote awareness and proper deployment of heat pump technology in the European market for residential, commercial and industrial applications. EHPA aims to provide technical and economic input to European, national and local authorities in legislative, regulatory and energy efficiency matters. All activities are aimed at overcoming market barriers and dissemination of information in order to speed up market development of heat pumps for heating, cooling and hot water production.
EERA Geothermal is the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme dedicated to geothermal energy. It has the potential to provide an outstanding contribution to the growth of geothermal energy utilization in Europe and worldwide, bringing together all major European research organizations in a strategically oriented endeavour.
The participants of EERA Geothermal are active in geothermal energy research ranging from low to high Technology Readiness Levels and have active international collaboration across sectors.
The International Geothermal Association (IGA) is the leading global platform on geothermal energy.
With its four pillars Visibility, Sustainability, Partnerships and Authority, it is committed to push geothermal as a gamechanger for achieving Sustainable Development Goal #7 providing affordable, clean, baseload energy for all.
The IGA connects the Global Geothermal Community, serving as a hub for networking opportunities aimed at promoting and supporting global geothermal development. With industry partners, the IGA sets standards, mature the technology agenda and nurture entrepreneurs engaged in clean technology. See also its Geothermal Paper Database.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.
IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.
The International Energy Agency Geothermal Technical Collaboration Programme (IEA Geothermal or the Geothermal TCP) is a framework for international collaboration and networking among nations, industries and industry organizations on all aspects of geothermal resources and geothermal energy.
Activities are directed towards information sharing ; developing technologies, techniques and best practices for exploration, development and utilization; and producing and disseminating authoritative information.