First Geothermal District Heating and Cooling Day event

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First Geothermal District Heating and Cooling Day event

First Geothermal District Heating and Cooling Day event: “Bringing Geothermal heating and cooling networks closer to the people”

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bcc Berlin Congress Center GmbH Alexanderstraße 11 10178 Berlin Germany

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Geothermal energy as well as district heating have a long tradition of use but still cover a marginal niche of around 1% of the European heating and cooling supply. In contrast, both concepts have a significant potential to cover future heating and cooling demands in the future at low costs, low emissions, high level of efficiency and supply guarantee. The benefits of Geothermal District Heating and Cooling must be made available to users so that society contributes to the increase in demand for these technologies.


The Geothermal District Heating and Cooling Day intends to connect science and society by presenting recent developments and prospects, supporting the interlinking of stakeholders across Europe and jointly addressing present challenges and barriers for the deployment of geothermal energy supported heating and cooling networks in Europe.

Due to the special opportunity given by the European Geothermal Congress 2022, the first Geothermal District Heating and Cooling Day event will have a stronger focus on interconnecting researchers related to geothermal energy use in heating and cooling networks from a trans-disciplinary perspective.

During the afternoon session, the EU-funded CROWDTHERMAL project will hold its final conference. During the conference, the project team will present a set of reports, addressing social, environmental, financial, and risk mitigation aspects of community-financed geothermal projects.


Participating in this event is subject to the general terms and conditions of the European Geothermal Congress 2022. The organisers of this side-event offer a limited number of slots for free attendance at the meeting, which applies to presenters at the side event, key stakeholders and persons who are not affiliated to the geothermal sector. Please note that participating on invitation in this side event does not entitle you to visit the European Geothermal Congress 2022 in full.


Morning session

11:00 - Opening and welcome address by the organisers

11:10 - Status and perspectives of geothermal energy use in heating and cooling networks

  • Valentin Gavan (ENGIE)
  • Christopher Schifflechner (Technical University of Munich) & Joao Figueira (Technical University of Lisbon)
  • Tamas Medgyes (District Heating Company of Szeged)

12:20 - Panel discussion: “What needs to be done to increase the share of geothermal energy in heating and cooling networks across Europe?”

The panel will consist of the speakers of the morning session and invited experts.

12:45 - Lunch break & Poster presentations

CROWDTHERMAL final conference

13:30 - Main results obtained and goals for the future - Isabel Fernandez, project Coordinator, European Federation of Geologists

Social acceptance of geothermal energy

13:40 - Geothermal social perception and public engagement approaches - Jan Hildebrand, IZES

14:00 - Geothermal environmental factors and mitigation - Anastasia Ioannou, Glasgow University

14:10 - Geothermal Social Licence to Operate - Amel Barich, GEORG

14:20 - Q&A

New finance schemes for geothermal energy

14:30 - Alternative finance schemes for geothermal projects - Georgie Friederichs and Ronald Kleverlaan, CFH

14:40 - Risk mitigation for geothermal projects - Christina Baisch, GeoT

15:00 - Q&A


15:10 - CROWDTHERMAL Services for Communities, Local authorities and Project Developers - Marcio Tameirao, LPRC

15:20 - CROWDTHERMAL Decision tree - Anastasia Ioannou, Glasgow University

15:30 - Discussion on the Core Services

15:45 - Coffee break

15:45 - EGC Closing ceremony – break until 16:25

Open session: How to build on the outcomes of CROWDTHERMAL and CA18219

16:30 - CROWDTHERMAL Case Study: District Heating in Szeged - Tamás Medgyes, District Heating Company of Szeged - SZDH, Hungary

16:40 - Open discussion: DHC projects in Europe

17:10 - CROWDTHERMAL Metadatabase - Tamas Miklovicz, EFG

17:20 - Open discussion: Synergies between CA18219 and CROWDTHERMAL

17:50 - Wrap-up

18:00 - Closing the Conference


All presentations listed under the categories “poster related micro presentation” are subject to a public call for contributions. We are looking for contributions related to geoscientific, technological or socio-economic aspects related to the use of geothermal energy in heating and cooling networks. We kindly ask to submit your application presenting a short, 50 words abstract, before 16 September 2022 to Invited presenters will be asked to bring a printed poster to the event.


The organisers of this event (CROWDTHERMAL project and EU COST Action CA18219 Geothermal-DHC) are collecting the data you have provided for the registration to the physical event 'First Geothermal District Heating and Cooling Day event: “Bringing Geothermal heating and cooling networks closer to the people”' on 20 October 2022. Your personal data are processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679.

The following personal data are collected: email address, first name, last name and name of your company or organisation.

The recipients of your data will be the staff of the CROWDTHERMAL and the EU COST Action CA18219 Geothermal-DHC in charge of the event organisation. Your data will not be shared with third parties and will not be used for other purposes than providing access to the event and informing interested persons about follow-up activities. Conference organisers and non-geothermal participants will be included in a guest list which will be shared with the organisers of the European Geothermal Congress.

Your data will be kept for a maximum period of three months after the end of the event. Data will be automatically deleted at the end of this period.

You have the right to access your personal data and the right to correct any inaccurate or incomplete personal data. If you have any queries concerning the processing of your personal data, you may address them to


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The mission of the Horizon 2020-funded CROWDTHERMAL project is to empower the European public to directly participate in the development of geothermal projects, with the help of alternative financing schemes and social engagement tools. CROWDTHERMAL aims to initiate a new form of public dialogue, during which it will be possible to jointly tackle concerns and increase interest in geothermal energy. The aim is to take public engagement to a new level, empowering citizens to directly participate in the development of geothermal projects with the help of alternative financing, such as crowdfunding. This will only be possible if public trust can be gained, and the transparency around geothermal projects (and their social and environmental impacts) can be maximised. For more information please visit:

The EU COST Action CA18219 Geothermal-DHC represents a network addressing the integration of geothermal energy into decarbonized heating and cooling networks addressing the full range of geothermal technologies. Geothermal-DHC investigates concepts related to shallow geothermal in local heating and cooling networks (“5th generation networks”) towards direct geothermal energy use for district heating supply. Geothermal-DHC offers an inclusive European network currently covering more than 100 researchers and non-scientific stakeholders from around 40 countries around the world. For more information on this COST Action please visit