Mon, 09 September, 2019
Project GeoSmart is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new project website, https://www.geosmartproject.eu/. The site enables the users to find out more about the project and its services, its international consortia and the expected impact on the resilience of geothermal heat and power sector.
GeoSmart : Demonstrating innovations to improve flexibility of geothermal heat and power systems
Unlike wind and solar power, geothermal energy offers the advantage of flexibility and reliability, important for grid stability and ensuring a dependable supply of electricity. Conventionally, geothermal power plants are engineered to operate on a ‘baseload’ or a constant supply due to technological limitations including scaling and fatigue damage stemming from limited flexibility associated with throttling of geothermal wells. Project GeoSmart, an international and collaborative initiative, funded by European Commission’s H2020 program, aims to address the strategic flexibility required from European geothermal installations, as they become significant energy sources over the next 20-30 years, replacing decommissioned fossil fuel plants.
“GeoSmart will allow the geothermal plant to respond quickly to the heat and power demand to stabilise the grid reliability against fluctuation caused by progressive integration of variable renewable energy resources to the energy grid” - GeoSmart Consortium
The project’s main objective is the demonstration, in working geothermal plants, of two variants of GeoSmart technology, meeting the different flexibility needs of low-enthalpy and high enthalpy combined heat and power (CHP) provision.
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The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under 2020 grant agreement No 818576.