Thu, 15 June, 2023
Experts from TWI will be among those attending a stakeholder event for the GeoSmart project in Florence, Italy, this month. The meeting will take place on 22 June, 2023 and is to be hosted by CoSviG, thanks to the contribution of the Regional Council of Tuscany.
Bringing together industry, academia and geothermal experts, the meeting will tackle the subject of ‘Improving Flexibility of Geothermal plants: Challenges and Opportunities.’
TWI principal project leader, Namrata Kale and group manager, Jon Blackburn will both be attending the meeting, where a range of common issues will be discussed.
These issues have been collated from the feedback of stakeholders and include topics such as increasing the reach of geothermal as an alternative energy source, the systematic expansion of expertise and scientific knowledge around geothermal, the delivery of heating and cooling solutions from geothermal, improving the efficiencies of geothermal plants, the development of geothermal standards, incentivising geothermal use to increase take-up, and the use of geothermal resources for other purposes such as the extraction of CO2, lithium, silicates and the provision of residual heat. The debate will also concern topics addressed by the GeoSmart project, such as the management of high temperature and highly corrosive fluids and zero emission geothermal plants but analysed from the perspective of other EU-funded initiatives.
The meeting will also draw on findings from existing geothermal operations in Turkey, Germany, and Iceland to demonstrate how these technological solutions could be expanded and realised within the geothermal sector in Italy.
This latest event follows meetings held last year in Turkey and the UK to help promote geothermal solutions across Europe.
The GeoSmart project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818576