Public consultation on the draft priorities for EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021

The EEA grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway make to development in European states in Northern, Central and Southern Europe.
For 2014-2021  € 2.8 billion has been made available. The five priority sectors and 23 programme areas for funding during this period are now being finalised.
A draft version of the priorities has been published in a blue book, and stakeholders likely to benefit from the grants are invited to give their input by completing an online survey by 8th July 2016
Programme area 12 concerns Renewable energy, Energy Efficiency, and Low Carbon Economy.

Turboden is awarded the COGEN Europe Recognition Award 2016 for its geothermal cogeneration plants

Paolo Bertuzzi, Turboden CEO (left), and Senator Stefano Vaccari, Italy (right)

Paolo Bertuzzi, Turboden CEO (left), and Senator Stefano Vaccari, Italy (right)

COGEN,  the European association for the promotion of cogeneration, has given its Recognition Award 2016  (Technology and innovation category) to Turboden.

With more than 35 years of experience in ORC turbogenerators, Turboden has designed, manufactured, and delivered more than 320 turbogenerators worldwide, of which more than 250 are cogenerative.  The Italian company has produced and commissioned three combined heat and power geothermal units; one in Austria (Altheim) and two in Germany (Bavaria), with a total installed capacity of 10 MWe electric. A further 4.2 MW geothermal power plant in Croatia is currently under construction.

A world first for Geothermal: Deep EGS heat plant for industrial use inaugurated.

DSC_9314editA revolutionary geothermal heat plant in Ritterschoffen, France, was inaugurated On 7th June in France by Électricité de StrasbourgRoquette, and Caisse des Dépôts.

The plant uses geothermal fluid at 165°C extracted at depths of 2,500m to deliver heat for industrial processes to a factory 15km away. With an annual production of 24MWth, it will save the emissions of 39,000 tonnes of CO2 from the factory.

A world first and a model for the energy transition, the plant is an important step towards the wider development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems, which allows deep geothermal to be exploited in new areas. Together with the ground breaking EGS power project in nearby Soulz-sous-forest, it demonstrates that deep geothermal energy can be developed almost anywhere powering and heating a cleaner, more sustainable Europe.

Investment for the €55 million plant came principally from ADEME and the regional authorities.

Segolene Royale, French minister for the environment, energy, and the sea officially opened the plant. She highlighted the importance of the collaboration between Caisse des depots,

Geothermal News, May 2016

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  • European Technology and Innovation Platforms on Deep Geothermal and Renewable Heating and Cooling
  • SET- Plan
  • European Sustainable Energy Week
  • The European Geothermal Congress 2016


  • European Commission authorises new support scheme for renewable energy in Italy
  • State aid: Commission clarifies scope of EU State aid rules to facilitate public investment
  • EU Commission adopts network code on requirements for grid connection of generators
  • The European Renewable Industry Associations’ joint position on ‘Planning and reporting obligations as part of the Energy Union Governance’
  • RES industry urges EU Commission to move away from a business-as-usual scenario in the revised RES Directive
  • France to introduce minimum carbon price in 2017


  • KS Orka takes controlling stake in Turawell CHP project, Hungary. Mannvit to provide engineering
  • Drilling begins for innovative deep project in Espoo, Finland.
  • HS Orka contract Iceland drilling for 5km well in Iceland
  • Cornia 2: the new hybrid power plant by Enel Green Power
  • IF technology developing ‘MiniGeo for Electricity Production in remote areas.
  • Exclusive exploration permit granted in Guadeloupe

How to make the EU number one in Renewable Heating and Cooling

Free conference

15th June 2016 11:00-12:30

Brussels, Belgium

Join Icelandic Minister of Industry and Commerce, Ms. Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir and Lithuania’s vice Minister of Energy, Mr Vidmantas Macevicius, to hear about how their national heating and cooling strategies are decarbonising the sector through an enhanced role for renewables.

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