17.02.2012

Workshop on geothermal energy - EU, Iceland and Japan.

Workshop to look at how to exploit the huge global potential of geothermal through increased cooperation in R&D, technology and knowledge transfers between the EU, Iceland and Japan.

This Workshop will look at how to exploit the huge global potential of geothermal through increased cooperation in R&D, technology and knowledge transfers between the EU, Iceland and Japan.

Geothermal Energy is a renewable energy source from the earth, delivering heat and power 24 hours a day, all through the year, and is available all over the world!

With over a century’s worth of experience with geothermal electricity, it is difficult to understand why geothermal is not recognised as being an important factor in the Energy mix. Policy-makers, local authorities and utilities need to be more aware of the full range of geothermal resources available and of their possible applications.

During this workshop European, Icelandic and Japanese representatives will discuss key actions and the cooperation they could envisage to embrace the geothermal potential.

These three locations are of vital interest for such a development, given that

-          The first geothermal power plants were inaugurated in 1904 in Europe, which is now leading in deployment of EGS technologies

-          Due to its location, Iceland has very favourable conditions for geothermal development. The geothermal resources are utilized both for electricity generation and direct heat application.  Iceland hosts the UN University Geothermal Training. 66% of the nations’ primary energy supply comes from geothermal energy

-          Japan also has geothermal plants in operation. It is important to note, that in the area affected by the earthquake in March 2011, all geothermal power plants are in functioning normally, generating the same levels of power as before the earthquake.

Experts, researchers and public leaders from these areas can share valuable experiences, best practices and technology in order to deploy geothermal heat and power all over the world.

The Workshop will bring together policy-makers, representatives of research organisations, clusters and industry to discuss how Europe, Iceland and Japan can cooperate on developing geothermal.

More Information

http://www.eu-japan.eu/global/events/geothermal-workshop-08032012.html?year=2012



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