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The next meeting of the Deep Geothermal ETIP will take place on November 14th & 15th in Brussels. Click here for more information.

The overarching objective of the new ETIP-“Deep Geothermal” is to enable deep geothermal technology, in particular Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), to proliferate and move from the current European R&D and pilot-sites to other European countries and different geological situations. The primary objective is overall cost reduction, including social, environmental and technological costs.

The Geothermal ETIP is an open stakeholder group, including representatives from industry, academia, research centres, and sectoral associations, covering the entire deep geothermal energy exploration, production and utilization value chain.

The European Technology and Innovation Platforms (ETIPs) have been recently recognised by the EC as a tool to strengthen cooperation with Stakeholders under the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), as part of the H2020 programme.

The geothermal sector created an European Technology and Innovation Platform on Deep Geothermal in March 2016, and the European Commission, DG RTD, officially recognised it as an ETIP in July 2016.

A Geothermal Forum of stakeholders, including large companies, SMEs, academia and research institutions has been convened in March 2016.

Terms of Reference (ToR) to establish the governance and procedures of the Geothermal ETIP were adopted in June 2016.

Activities of the ETIP

Declaration of Intent on Deep Geothermal Energy endorsed by SET plan steering group

The new 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 Decoration of Intent is available on the SETIS website.

Presentations available

Presentations from the geothermal technology workshop which brought together the Geothermal Panel of the RHC ETIP, the ETIP on Deep Geothermal, and the IMAGE project event, are now available online.

Join a working group

Members of the ETIP on Deep Geothermal who have not yet joined a working group are now invited to do so by completing the form online.


ETIP members are not be required to pay a fee but will be asked to sign the MoU.

The costs of the initial phase of the ETIP should be covered by services offered by members, and some financial commitment of the founders.

Support by the European Commission to the stakeholders of the deep geothermal energy sector to contribute to the SET-Plan is expected.

Members of the Steering Committee 2017-2020 and WG chairs

Steering Committee 2017-2020


Ruggero Bertani, Enel Green Power, Italy

Vice Chairs:

Bruno Leray, Storengy – Group ENGIE, France

Jan-Diederik Van Wees, TNO & UU, The Netherlands


Miklos Antics, GPC IP/GEOFLUID, France

Marco Baresi, Turboden, Italy

Fausto Batini, Magma Energy Italia – Rete Geotermica, Italy

David Bruhn, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam-GFZ, Germany, and TU Delft, The Netherlands

Bodo von Düring, von Düring Group, Germany

Sylvie Gentier, BRGM, France

Hjalti Páll Ingólfsson, GEORG, Iceland

Adele Manzella, Italian National Research Council, Inst. Geosciences and Earth Resources (CNR-IGG), Italy

Jean Philippe Soulé, Fonroche Géothermie, France

EGEC appointed – Philippe Dumas

EERA-JPGE appointed – Ernst Huenges

ERANET appointed – Paul Ramsak

IEA-Geothermal appointed – Jiri Muller

Working Group (WG) Leaders

WG on exploration: JD Van Wees (TNO)
WG on deep drilling: E Huenges (GFZ)
WG on reservoir performance, production, well field development incl. reservoir,
operation flexibility, corrosion&scaling: M Wesemann (Well Service group)
WG on surface equipments: M Baresi (Turboden)
WG on non technical and environmental issues: B Leray (Storengy) and B von During