Support Unit for the Deep Geothermal Implementation Working Group
Grant Agreement nº 838814 
Type: Horizonte 2020 | H2020-LC-SC3-2018-Joint-Actions-2 Support to the realization of the Implementation Plans of the SET Plan – Deep Geothermal
Duration: 42 meses (01/02/2019 - 31/07/2022)
Status: Ongoing
Coordinator: Orkustofnun, Iceland

OS – Orkustofnun (Iceland)
GEORG – GEORG Rannsoknarklasi i Jardhita (Iceland)
EGEC –  European Geothermal Energy Council (Belgium)
KIT – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
RVO – Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat (Netherlands)
FRCT – Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Azores – Portugal)
DGEG – Directorate-General of Energy and Geology (Portugal)

Aim of the Project:

The objective of this project is to facilitate the execution of the Geothermal Energy Implementation Plan by gathering current data, tools and procedures and to ensure that strategic decisions based on evidence to advance geothermal energy. This work aims to ensure that geothermal energy can play its role in Europe’s future energy supply in a sustainable way.

The Support Unit will identify areas where joint research will accelerate progress across the sector. The consortium aims to bring together stakeholders representing geothermal technologies from industry, research and the public sector across Europe.
Its mission is to provide a framework to be used in defining and implementing an innovation strategy to increase the use of geothermal energy and to promote the growth and market acceptance of relevant European industries and research organizations

FRCT Involvement:
The FRCT has played a role since the design and implementation of the proposal. It participates in most of the actions contained in the project and plays a key role in gathering information on RD&I activities, identifying facilitators and funding schemes available to fund future work on the Geothermal Implementation Plan.

Impact of the Azores Region:
The IWG project internationally highlights the Autonomous Region of the Azores in the geothermal sector. The Azores, due to their geostructural position, that is, located in a junction of triple tectonic plate, have a high geothermal potential that allows betting on the valorization of this endogenous resource for the production of renewable energy, thus promoting a low carbon economy either by incorporating innovation processes and international good practices.
In this way, the IWG project promotes the region in the geothermal sector and the opportunity to deepen institutional collaboration ties between the Regional Government and key partners in the geothermal sector, both in the EU and internationally.

Other Regional Institutions involved: Regional Directorate of Energy (DREn)

Regional Stakeholders Involved: Eda - Electricidade Dos Açores,

Financial Overview
Consortium Budget
Partners Contribuition EU Contribuition Total
0€ 1 006 750.00 € 1 006 750.00 €
FRCT Budget
0€ 93 800.00 €93 800.00 €