In Europe, the geothermal energy market has been growing fast in 2019, but the policy framework has been proven crucial in affecting its development. These findings come from the European Geothermal Market Report 2019 published today by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC). At the end of 2019, in Europe there were 130 geothermal electricity plants in operation, 36 projects under development and 124 projects in the planning phase for a total 3.3 GWe capacity. This predicts that the number of operating power plants, with base load, could double in the next 5-8 years. Europe is a leading market for geothermal district heating and cooling systems. In 2019, there were 5.5 GWth of installed capacity in 25 European countries, with many new planned projects throughout Europe compared to 2018. The status of geothermal district heating and cooling reflects a stronger interest for this renewable resource and the possibility to implement it almost everywhere in Europe, covering 25% of the EU population. The trend of ongoing projects anticipates a rapid acceleration and a diversification in leading markets.
EGEC 8th June 2020 read more »
Climate crisis: How coal mining could still help warm our homes with clean, green power. hrough most of the 20th Century, the small town of Seaham in County Durham was home to three working coal mines. But following the 1984 miners’ strike and the subsequent closing of the pits, the town was hit hard. But the pits, the last of which finally closed in 1992, are set to become a source of energy once again under plans drawn up for a new “garden village”, which will be heated by the warm water pumped from the depths of the old coal seams.
Independent 9th June 2020 read more »