Project Details

Title: Geothermal energy to address energy performance strategies in residential and industrial buildings
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 2: Capitalisation Project
Fast track: No
Duration: 1st Nov 2010 - 31st Dec 2012


Total budget: €2,031,530.00
ERDF contribution: €1,612,257.50

Lead partner

Province of Ferrara
Castello Estense
44121, Ferrara

  • Click for contact details
    • Contact Person: Cecilia Fogli
      Phone: 0039 0532 299299
      Fax: 0039 0532 299231

Project summary

Geothermal Energy (the energy extracted from heat stored in the earth) is one of the most environmental-friendly and cost-effective energy resources in use and has the potential to help mitigate global warming if widely deployed in place of fossil fuel. Recent technological progress, the variability of the cost, the difficult of oil and gas supply, the need to reduce the use of fossil fuels to cut pollution have made the exploitation of geothermal energy, especially low-enthalpy power generation utilizing GCHP (Ground Coupled Heat Pumps) an attractive and viable alternative. Give these premises, the general objective of GEO.POWER project, 2 years long, is exchange best practices related to low enthalpy energy supply and - after a technical and cost/benefit assessment to evaluate the potential of reproducibility - to prepare the ground to the transfer some of the selected best practices within the Mainstreaming Programmes of the regions participating into the project

during the current programming period 07-13 as well as in the future regional framework instruments.

The main results of the project are the development of one action plan per each involved region, that provides an organized set of legal/regulatory, economical and technical / technical and best-technological proposals that–through the inclusion into the regional operation programmes, address long-term investments strategy for GCHP application at wide scale. The partnership, coordinated by the Province of Ferrara (Italy) is composed by Ministries, Regions, Local Authorities, Universities and R&D agencies of 9 Countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Estonia, UK, Belgium, Slovenia) that are dealing–at different level-with the attainment of European policy objectives in relation to 20/20/20 Kyoto targets and the EU Building Performance Directive. The partnership benefits of a strong technical background, as it capitalize experiences coming from the major EU projects

in the field of low enthalpy geothermal & technological applications, like Ground-Reach, GROUNDHIT, Ground-Med and LOW-BIN.On the basis of a pool of best practices on GCHP application developed in urban, rural and industrial sector, all partners and local delegation of experts & stakeholders go through an evaluation of the best practices reproducibility potential in each recipients region, according to technical, economical and environmental parameters, in order to design the optimum performance conditions for GCHP systems and the capacity to fit with the territorial context. The consequent preparation of the action plans and its inclusion into the Regional Operational Programmes cold represent a milestone for the future introduction of massive GCHP investments in the concerned regions. A strong communication strategy aims at increasing awareness, improving knowledge & better understanding of the GCHP merit and benefits and push investments towards such green-economy

Project achievements

EU is putting in place an ambitious energy policy covering the full range of energy sources from fossil fuels to renewables in a bid to spark a new industrial revolution that will deliver a low-energy economy, whilst making the energy we do consume more secure, competitive and sustainable. In this frame, it is important that the public authorities understand their role in promoting the switch to the renewable sources and near-zero-carbon energy patters. The role of the policy makers is to mark the way, to communicate the economic, social and environmental benefits and support green investments. Recent technological progress, the variability of the cost, the difficulty of oil and gas supply from foreign countries and the need to reduce the use of fossil fuels to cut pollution have made the exploitation of geothermal energy, especially low-enthalpy power generation utilizing GCHP (Ground Coupled Heat Pumps), an attractive and viable energy alternative.GEO.POWER on the basis of a close

cooperation among 11 EU Countries, aimed at boosting technological progress and strengthening the regulatory fiscal and incentive instruments,necessary for the development of low enthalpy geothermal energy in the members regions. After having addressed a set of local strategies encouraging the heat pump domestic markets, it triggers multiplier effect contributing, albeit in small but meaningful measure, to reduce fossil fuel emissions towards greener growth of EU cities.GEO.POWER has been developed to exchange best practice related to low enthalpy energy supply and after a technical&cost/benefit assessment to evaluate the potential of reproducibility, to prepare action plans for the large scale introduction of GCHP.After exchange of experiences, project focused on transferability assessment of the selected best practices into PP’s region, by the SWOT analysis to recognize advantages&disadvantages of technologies,opportunities for future development and penetration in the target areas.

Aims were to fill the legislation gaps in the geothermal energy sector to address a favorable political/normative context to attract investment; and to profile an integrated package of final incentives&technical measures in the frame of the forthcoming Regional Operational Programmes 2014-2020, realized by the core results achieved, consisted in the elaboration of 1 action plan for each involved region to encourage the GCHP market development in the frame of the existing normative platforms and through the use of EU Structural Funds in the current and in the future Programming period. Each action plan paves the way towards the transferability of the adapted best practices into the Mainstreaming Programmes and energy regulations plans of the project regions. All plans contain a set of potential flanking measures to be implemented in the concerned areas to address strategies for the GCHP large scale introduction and subsidy schemes to support geothermal energy investments. Action plans

represent a regional and, in certain cases a national roadmap to budget resources, to figure out grant schemes and to overcome technological and no-technological market barriers that could facilitate the low-enthalpy geothermal energy deployment, in line with the EU Building Performance Dir. and to contribute towards achieving the EU20-20-20 goals and the international obligations set in the Kyoto & Copenhagen agreements. Within all above mentioned actions, also marketing measures (such as further dissemination of GEO.POWER project results; promotion campaigns for changing public’s opinion about GCHP; good training schemes for technicians, installers and engineers; and communication with decision-makers) have been identified and implemented as important strategies to increase awareness and effectively push less experienced regions to invest in such green-economy, while more experienced regions can get exposed to new ideas and practical solutions in the geothermal energy field.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Province of Ferrara, Ferrara ITALY Emilia-Romagna 0039 0532 299299
Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving, Pikermi Attikis GREECE Attiki +30.210.6603300
Local Union of Municipalities and Communities of Prefecture Chios / TEDK Chios, Chios GREECE Voreio Aigaio 003022710-81787/44398
Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Sofia BULGARIA Yugozapaden 35929405506
ENEREA Észak-Alföld Regional Energy Agency Nonprofit LLC, Nyíregyháza HUNGARY Eszak-Alfold +36 52 880 257
Reading Borough Council, Reading UNITED KINGDOM Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire 1189372519
SP Techincal Res. Institute, Borås SWEDEN Västsverige +46 10 5165000
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm SWEDEN Stockholm +46 8 790 60 00
Emilia Romagna Region, Bologna ITALY Emilia-Romagna + 39 051 5274792
Institute of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn ESTONIA Eesti +372 6203010
VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research), Mol BELGIUM Prov. Antwerpen +32 14 33 56 38
Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS), Ljubljana SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija +386 1 280 97 00


As of 31 December 2015, this website is no longer updated. Follow news on interregional cooperation at