Food production in Europe requires further steps in reducing the carbon footprint. This project showcases the opportunities of direct use of geothermal energy to increase food production in highly productive circular systems. The objectives and challenges are to 1) design and optimize a demonstration plant in Iceland with direct use of geothermal energy for innovative sustainable circular food production techniques, built on technological advances in aquaponics (the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics), inclusion of new species, product diversification, tourism related edutainment and business development; and 2) design and build a research system to optimise energy configuration in The Netherlands at the research facilities of Wageningen UR. Furthermore, the aim is to disseminate the results to other geothermal areas in Europe and worldwide.

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Institution/enterprise Country
Samrækt efh Iceland
Wageningen UR Netherlands
University of Iceland Iceland
LandlngAquaculture Netherlands
Ammerlan The Green Innovator  Netherlands
University of Maribor Slovenia
Municipality of Brezice Slovenia


  Geothermica financing Total cost Own financing
GEOFOOD - Total financing  1.249.204 1.749.656 500.452