European Geothermal Innovation Award


The European Geothermal Energy Council, in collaboration with the Exhibition Center Offenburg, has opened nominations for the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2018.
Nominations for the award are assessed on grounds of originality, innovation, reliability, reduction of emissions, and improvements in energy output.
Designed as an opportunity for industry peers to acknowledge innovation, and for the most exciting ideas to be widely publicised, the European Geothermal Innovation Award is the seal of excellence applied to the most intelligent and important ideas in research and industry which will play a key role in the future development of geothermal energy.
The European Geothermal Innovation Award is an initiative from the European Geothermal Energy Council in collaboration with Messe Offenburg, organisers of the GeoTHERM fair and congress.

European Geothermal Innovation Award

19 nominations were received from around Europe. These included submissions from a wide range of companies and research institutes, demonstrating the enthusiasm of the sector and the constant efforts towards innovation, increased efficiency, and reduction of costs.

Finalists 2018 of the

European Geothermal Innovation Award

The Awarding of the winner of the European Geothermal Innovation Award will be at key session at 1st March (10.40 - 11.00, congress 1).

    • GDF Latin America (Germany), the first multi-donor climate initiative offering risk mitigation for surface studies and appraisal drillings during the exploration phase of geothermal projects in Latin America.
    • GPC Instrumentation Process (France), for the design and implementation of the first sub-horizontal well in a geothermal project, a technique so far only used for oil drilling that allows to drain more hot water over a long length.
    • Politecnico di Torino (Italy), for their system ENERTUN, that allows transforming a tunnel lining into a low enthalpy geothermal system.
    • PORCIÓ Ltd. (Hungary), for the Gyopáros Production and Reinjection Geothermal System, in operation at Gyopáros Thermal SPA.
    • RWTH Aachen University (Germany), for the development of their Temperature Sensor Module (TSM) for detecting groundwater flow velocity and direction near a borehole heat exchanger.


Jury members

Members of the jury for the European Geothermal Innovation Award:

  • Christian Boissavy (France)
  • Adele Manzella (Italy)
  • Bruno Leray (France)
  • Javier Urchueguia (Spain)
  • Sandra Kircher (Germany)