The ability to use geothermal resources to generate heat in urban areas where the demand is greatest has the potential to significantly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and to support sustainable energy policies. Potential deep geothermal resources in challenging, lower-enthalpy EU settings remain poorly understood and largely untapped. 

The GEO-URBAN project aims to explore the potential for low enthalpy geothermal in urban environments. The project will focus on two target locations – Dublin, Ireland and Vallès, Spain – and will provide a feasibility analysis for the commercial development of deep geothermal resources in these regions. 

The overall objective of GEO-URBAN is to identify the geothermal resources available in two challenging urban locations and to demonstrate a commercialisation strategy that has the potential to be adapted in other similar locations.

Final project public report available in Publications


Institution/enterprise Country
Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions Ltd. Ireland
Universitat de Barcelona Spain
Dublin City Council Ireland
University College Dublin - Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences Ireland
Geotermisk Operatorselskab Denmark
Dublin Institute for Advances Studies Ireland
Barcelona Supercomputing Center Spain
Geothermal Association of Ireland Ireland
Spanish Geothermal Technology Platform Spain
Institut Cartográfic i Geologic de Catalunya Spain


  Geothermica financing Total cost  Own financing
GEO-URBAN - Total financing  539.275 737.233 197.958