Geothermal conference: the impact of EU R&D funding

A Trinomics led consortium, on behalf of The European Commission, will be delivering a conference in Brussels on 20 September 2018 on geothermal renewable energy research, development and technologies.

The complimentary conference will provide insights into the impacts of R&D funded through the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation; including providing access to the Geothermal Renewable Energy R&D Impact Report and an opportunity to influence the recommendations to increase future R&D impacts.

During the workshop key industry experts will share their insights on the future of Geothermal technologies and there will be opportunities for you to discuss and understand how to increase the impacts of your own research projects.

Reasons for attendance

  • Influence the recommendations to increase future geothermal R&D impacts
  • Gain a greater understanding of past and future research, trends and best practice for geothermal energy
  • Q&A with industry experts, the European Commission and other researchers
  • An opportunity to network with geothermal energy experts from across the EU
  • To learn about best practice for shaping and implementing R&D projects to maximise their impact

Who should attend

  • Past and present geothermal research project coordinators
  • Academic institutes
  • National energy policy makers 
  • Private sector organisations implementing geothermal or related technologies
  • Investors interested in geothermal research and technology


Timing Agenda Item Speakers
09:00 Registration opens  
09:30 Opening address Piotr Tulej, Head of Unit 'Renewable Energy Sources'​ (European Commission)
09:40 Agenda and practicalities Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
09:45 Project introduction Onne Hoogland, Senior Consultant (Trinomics)
10:00 Geothermal R&D: Study findings Tom Mikunda, Energy Policy Consultant (TNO)
10:20 Questions and answers  
10:40 Break  
11:00 Geothermal R&D: A technological perspective Nigel Taylor, Project Leader (The Joint Research Centre)
11:30 Geothermal R&D: Impacts of EU funded projects:  
  Developing novel drilling technologies (DESCRAMBLE). A proof-of-concept test of reaching deep geothermal supercritical resources and to contribute to a low-carbon European society. Adele Manzella, Senior Researcher (Italian National Research Council, Inst. Geosciences and Earth Resources) 
  Intergrated Methods for Advanced    Geothermal Exploration (IMAGE): 20 novel methods and tehcniques for advanced geothermal exploration applied in industry.  One algorithm developed allowed for £200k savings per geothermal project. Vincent Vanderweijer, Geophysicist (TNO)
  International Cooperation with Mexico on geothermal energy: Utilising synergies of competencies and technologies and will lead to an acceleration of the learning curve for geothermal development. Katrin Kieling. Project Coordinator, (GFZ)
11:55 Interactive session: What are the main R&D impacts according to you? All
12:15 Lunch  
13:15 Introduction to afternoon programme Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
13:20 Maximising the impact of EU geothermal R&D projects: Keynote speech and questions and answers session Jan Diederik van Wees, Principal Scientist (TNO), Professor (Utrecht University)
13:45 Maximising the impact of EU geothermal R&D projects: Moderated panel discussion Koen Rademaekers (Moderator, Trinomics), Philippe Dumas (EGEC), Jan Diederik van Wees (TNO and Utrecht University),  Matthijs Soede (European Commission), Peter de Vin (Huisman Geo)
14:45 Questions from the audience to the panel All
15:15 Wrap-up and conclusions Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
15:25 Informal networking and coffee  
>15:30 Bilateral meetings with attendees  

Key information:

Date: Thursday 20 September 2018

Location: Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

Cost: Free

Organisers: Trinomics, Tecnalia, TNO, VTT, Tractebel and Ricardo on behalf of the European Commission

Registration is now closed.

If you have any questions please contact: [email protected] 

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