About Geothermica

GEOTHERMICA's objective is to combine the financial resources and know-how of geothermal energy research and innovation programme owners and managers from 16 countries and their regions. Together with financial support from the European Commission GEOTHERMICA launches joint projects that demonstrate and validate novel concepts of geothermal energy deployment within the energy system, and that identify paths to commercial large-scale implementation.

GEOTHERMICA targets innovation in the way geothermal energy supply and integrates into Europe's energy system of the future. GEOTHERMICA focuses on three technological themes, which cover all stages in the development cycle of a secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable geothermal installation:

  • Identification and assessment of geothermal resources suitable for direct use and power generation
  • Geothermal resource development (drilling, completion, materials and equipment)
  • Supply and smart integration into the energy system and operations

Across these themes, four crosscutting, non-technological thematic aspects are essential for GEOTHERMICA; sustainability, knowledge sharing, public perception of a strong geothermal sector as well as evidence-based policy formulation on the figure below.


GEOTHERMICA thematic concept features three technological and four cross-cutting innovation themes – these themes have been identified previously in the GEOTHERMAL ERA-NET.

Europe aims to increase the share of renewable energy for direct heating and cooling, industrial processes, power generation and energy storage. Geothermal energy today is only utilised in choice market sectors and a few regions. It is an under-utilised widely distributed, clean, low carbon footprint and continuously available energy resource. Thus it is uniquely positioned to substantially contribute to safe and secure energy supply of Europe's Energy Union.

This joint effort by the EU Member States and Associated Countries will complement Europe's research and innovation community and industry sector efforts. It will reinforce the sector´s contribution to the goals of the European Energy Union and the implementation of the SET-Plan.

GEOTHERMICA ambition of accelerating the deployment of geothermal energy, that is to reduce the time to market for novel geothermal energy concepts, will require industry involvement in research, innovation and demonstration activities.