The European Technology & Innovation Platform on Geothermal (ETIP-Geothermal) 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.
It brings together representatives from industry, academia, research centres, and sectoral associations, covering the entire deep geothermal energy exploration, production, and utilization value chain.
The Platform was launched in March 2016 during a Geothermal Forum of stakeholders, including large companies, SMEs, academia and research institutions. Terms of Reference (ToR) to establish the governance and procedures of the ETIP-DG were adopted in June 2016. The European Commission, DG RTD, officially recognised it as an ETIP in July 2016.
The European Technology and Innovation Platforms (ETIPs) have been recognised by the European Commission as a tool to strengthen cooperation with Stakeholders under the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), as part of the H2020 programme.
ETIP DG & geothermal panel of the ETIP RHC- become ETIP Geothermal from 2023.
To fully represent the geothermal technologies for Research & Innovation and reflect the technology trends and the market development, ETIP DG and ETIP RHC become ETIP Geothermal.
This proposal was made by the ETIP DG Steering Committee in October 2022 and has been approved by all members during the 2022 Annual meeting in December 2022. The geothermal panel of the ETIP RHC also gave its approval on the 1st of December 2022 about this change of name.
So from January 2023, the ETIP geothermal is established.
Javier Urchueguía, Chair of the RHC ETIP said: “The launch of ETIP geothermal is a great opportunity to merge and integrate all efforts and lessons learned within the Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-ETIP) and Geothermal Panel activities into our ETIP geothermal platform. Critical aspects such as the interface and hybridization with other renewable HC technologies, synergies in many areas, and the opening to a broad variety of stakeholders are important activities of the Geothermal Panel that can and should have continuity in this broader and powerful new structure.”
Fausto Batini, Chairman of ETIP-DG mentioned: “The ETIP Geothermal has the ambition to bring together all representatives from industry, academia, research centers, and sectoral associations, for the development of the entire geothermal energy value chain (electric power, heat&cooling, thermal storage, strategic mineral). A strong synergy will be developed with the Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-ETIP) and Geothermal Panel to have all Geothermal Energy Sectors playing a main role in the clean energy transition and increase Europe’s energy independence from unreliable suppliers and volatile fossil fuels!”
TERMS OF REFERENCE (to be updated in 2023)
The definition of the needs of RD&I activities covers the development of all deep geothermal technologies.
The integrated SET-Plan Communication defines the EU’s Research and Innovation strategy for coming years. It identifies actions based on system needs, adapts structures created under the original SET plan to ensure more effective interaction between stakeholders, and measures progress against established performance indicators. The plan focuses on 10 actions, the first two of which concern Europe becoming number one in renewables.
The European Commission is publishing a series of ‘Issues Papers’ which form the bases for consultation with stakeholders. The Issues Paper on deep geothermal received input from EGEC, the ETIP on Deep Geothermal, and several other stakeholders and resulted in a Declaration of Intent, which has now been approved. The Declaration of Intent records the agreement reached between representatives of the European Commission services, representatives of the EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Turkey and Switzerland, (i.e. the SET-Plan Steering Group) and representatives from the SET-Plan stakeholders on the implementation of the actions contained in the SET-Plan Communication.
The Declaration of Intent is available on the SETIS website.