This is an interview series, coorganised by Geothermal District Heating and Cooling Cost Action, and CROWDTHERMAL project. The speakers are discussing how to bring clean energy for all European citizens, using geothermal technologies.

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This blogpost is going to be updated every week, bringing new content, interviews and insights via #GeothermalTalks by the experts!

Amel Barich, Alicja Wiktoria Stokłosa

GEORG Geothermal Cluster 

SLO in the context of geothermal energy

Today on the #GeothermalTalsk series, Alicja Wiktoria Stokłosa from @GEORGCluster shares with us the main goals of the Social License to Operate (SLO) within #geothermal. Watch her interview to learn more. #CROWDTHERMAL4ALL #GeothermalEnergy

Please introduce yourself

What are your vision and expectations for geothermal energy in the context of CROWDTHERMAL?

Could you please briefly introduce the concept of the Social License to Operate (SLO) in the geothermal energy field?

Please introduce yourself

What is Georg’s role in CROWDTHERMAL?

What are your vision and expectations for geothermal energy in the context of CROWDTHERMAL?

What are the SLO’s main aims? 

How can project developers the SLO concept to their geothermal projects?

Geothermal SLO for All!

Rao Martand Singh 

Norwegian University of Science & Technology

Geothermal District Heating and Cooling COST action

This week on the #GeothermalTalks, Rao Martand Singh from @NTNU reflects on whether training and education in #geothermalenergy are sufficient for academics and non-academics.

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your background – what is your link to geothermal?

What is your role in Geothermal-DHC and what is your interest to participate in this network?

Which question would you like to ask stakeholders from your point of view?

Did you learn about geothermal in your high school / academic education? 

Do you think training and education in geothermal energy is sufficient for academics / non academics (e.g. drillers)? If not, what needs to be changed? 

What is the status of geothermal energy use and district heating and cooling in your country and what are the main obstacles so far? 

Is geothermal energy considered in national and regional strategies in your country / region in a sufficient way? If not, what could be done better? 

How is the public awareness and perception in your country / region concerning the use of geothermal energy?

Christina Baisch 

GeoThermal Engineering GmbH (GeoT)

WP3 – Auxiliary and alternative pathways to risk mitigation

Christina Baisch, from GeoT, has been working on the conceptual framework for a European #geothermal exploration risk mitigation scheme within @CrowdthermalEU. This week on the #GeothermalTalks series, she talks about the potential of this scheme.

Please introduce yourself

What is GeoT’s role in CROWDTHERMAL?

What are your vision and expectations for geothermal energy in the context of CROWDTHERMAL?

Please describe your work package in brief

Which alternative financing method is best suited for which geothermal project phase?

You have been working on the conceptual framework for a European geothermal exploration risk mitigation scheme. Could you outline the potential of such a scheme? 

How can alternative financing systems contribute to risk mitigation?

How can risk mitigation be applied to crowdfunding projects, how to avoid high risk investments 

What actions are needed over the coming 5-10 years to advance the use of geothermal energy in heating and cooling? 

Kai Zosseder 

Technische Universität München

Geothermal District Heating and Cooling COST action

We continue the #GeothermalTalk series this week with Kai Zosseder: What is his long-term vision for the network behind @Geothermal_DHC? Find out more below 👇 

#CROWDTHERMAL4ALL #GeothermalEnergy

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your background – what is your link to geothermal?

What is your role in Geothermal-DHC and what is your interest to participate in this network?

What is your long-term vision of the network behind Geothermal-DHC? Is there a need for a competence network on geothermal energy in heating and cooling networks after the end of the Cost action?

Please describe your Working Group in a nutshell

Which question would you like to ask stakeholders from your point of view?

Who are the stakeholders of Geothermal-DHC and how do you plan to interact with them?

Which role may geothermal play for the energy transition in your region?

What needs to be done for a better integration of geothermal heating and cooling networks in European policies? How can Geothermal-DHC support the policy dialogue?

What is the status of geothermal energy use and district heating and cooling in your country and what are the main obstacles so far? 

Is geothermal energy considered in national and regional strategies in your country / region in a sufficient way? If not, what could be done better?

How is the public awareness and perception in your country / region concerning the use of geothermal energy?

Based on your background and your research activities so far do you think that there is market for the implementation of geothermal energy in your region? 

Georgie Friederich 

CrowdFunding Hub

WP1 – Community-based geothermal energy financing principles

This week on the #GeothermalTalk series, Georgie Friederichs from @crowdfundinghub talks about alternative financing schemes for #geothermal energy projects. #Crowdfunding #CROWDTHERMAL4ALL

Please introduce yourself

What is CFH’s role in CROWDTHERMAL?

What are your vision and expectations for geothermal energy in the context of CROWDTHERMAL?

Please describe your work package in brief

Which opportunities will the new European Crowdfunding Directive offer for community financed geothermal projects in Europe?

Which alternative financing schemes are best suited for geothermal energy projects?

You have analysed the legal and financial infrastructure for alternative financing in CROWDTHERMAL’s three case study countries. Which are the main differences you came across?

What barriers do you see for investments in geothermal energy for heating and cooling?

How can the EU and governments help geothermal projects?

Giuseppe Mandrone

University of Turin 

Geothermal District Heating and Cooling COST action

#GeothermalTalks this week hosts Giuseppe Mandrone from Geothermal DHC, who is talking about the #technology working group, #geothermalenergy use in heating and cooling networks, promising #research fields and more.

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your background – what is your link to geothermal?

What is your role in Geothermal-DHC and what is your interest to participate in this network?

 How can geothermal energy be used in heating and cooling networks? Which concepts are existing and which technological readiness levels are associated with them?

Please describe your Working Group in a nutshell

Which question would you like to ask stakeholders from your point of view?

Who are the beneficiaries of your Working Group inside Geothermal-DHC in your opinion? 

What are the most important opportunities and barriers concerning the integration of geothermal energy in heating and cooling networks- why is further research necessary? 

What are the most promising research fields for a better integration of geothermal energy into heating and cooling networks for the next decade (2030) / for 2050? 

What is your future vision when it comes to geothermal heating and cooling networks? 

Alena Jahns, Kathrin Klein, Jan Hildebrand   

IZES gGmbH

WP1 – Addressing the bottlenecks of public engagement for community-based geothermal development

This week on #GeothermalTalks we are going to learn about public engagement and involvement in #geothermal projects from IZES.

Please introduce yourself

What is IZES’s role in CROWDTHERMAL?

What are your vision and expectations for geothermal energy in the context of CROWDTHERMAL?

Please describe your work package in brief

Why is public engagement important for geothermal projects?

Which factors need to be taken into consideration to make public engagement successful? Could you provide an example for the successful involvement of the public in a geothermal project? 

Gauthier Quinonez  

La Palma Research Centre

WP4 – Integrated Development Schemes 

#GeothermalTalks this week provides a glimpse of the upcoming Core Services. Gauthier Quinonez, La Palma Research Centre is talking about how CROWDTHERMAL is going to support #geothermal energy development, the main services, #GreenDeal, and alternative finance.

Please introduce yourself

What is LPRC’s role in CROWDTHERMAL?

What are your vision and expectations for geothermal energy in the context of CROWDTHERMAL?

Please describe your work package in brief

You are coordinating the development of the CROWDTHERMAL core services. Could you outline the main services that will be developed?

How will the developer of a geothermal project be able to find alternative financing sources? 

How is CROWDTHERMAL supporting the implementation of the European Green Deal?

Ana Vranješ 

University of Belgrade 

Geothermal District Heating and Cooling COST action

Next up in in the #GeothermalTalks interview series is Ana Vranješ, from Geothermal DHC. This week she is talking about the integration of #geothermal heating and cooling networks, European policies, stakeholders, public awareness and more…. 👀 

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your background – what is your link to geothermal?

What is your role in Geothermal-DHC and what is your interest to participate in this network?

What needs to be done for a better integration of geothermal heating and cooling networks in European policies? How can Geothermal-DHC support the policy dialogue?

Please describe your Working Group in a nutshell

Which question would you like to ask stakeholders from your point of view?

Who are the stakeholders of Geothermal-DHC and how do you plan to interact with them?

What is the status of geothermal energy use and district heating and cooling in your country and what are the main obstacles so far?

Isabel Fernandez 

European Federation of Geologists

Coordinator of CROWDTHERMAL H2020 project

This week at #GeothermalTalks: Isabel Fernández, coordinator of CROWDTHERMAL project. Isabel is talking about her #geothermal vision and expectations, actions, socio-economic and geological barriers, Green Deal, and more… Stay tuned at our channels. đź‘€

Please introduce yoursel

What is EFG’s role in CROWDTHERMAL?