DARLINGe Danube Region Leading Geothermal Energy

15 partners representing geological surveys, university, industry, regional energy and development agencies, ministries  and municipalites, assisted by 7 Associated Strategic Partners from Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Romania work together to improve energy security and efficiency in the Danube Region by promoting the sustainable utilization of the existing, however still largely untapped deep geothermal resources in the heating sector. The project area covers the central and southeastern part of the Danube Region, encompassing southern Hungary (southern Transdanubia and southern part of the Great Plain), northeastern Slovenia (Pomurska and Podravska), northern Croatia (Slavonia), the northern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, northern Serbia (Vojvodina) and western Romania (Crisana and Banat), altogether about 95,000 km2.

DARLINGe project area (red contour) with 3 cross-border pilot areas (light green)

The project's specific objectives are:

  • to increase the use of geothermal energy and help the penetration of energy efficient cascade systems and matching them with existing heat-market demands 
  • to establish a market-replicable tool-box consisting of 3 complementary modules for sustainable management of deep geothermal resources (an independent indicator-based benchmark evaluation of current uses, a decision tree to help developers, and a geological risk mitigation scheme to maximize the success rate of a first geothermal well), and to test these tools on three cross-border pilot areas
  • to advance stakeholder cooperation to foster geothermal developments and to create a strong geothermal value chain.

Sketch of an ideal geothermal cascade system where users are sequentally linked according to their decreasing heat demand


Danube Region Leading Geothermal Energy
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2525760,7
ERDF Contribution: 1612249,99
IPA Contribution: 534646,6
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Improve energy security and energy efficiency

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Geological and Geophysical Instutute of Hungary Lead partner nador.annamaria@mfgi.hu HUNGARY
Mannvit Planning and Consulting Limited Liability Company ERDF partner miklos@mannvit.hu HUNGARY
InnoGeo Research and Service Non-profit Public-benefit Limited Liability Company ERDF partner tmedgyes@yahoo.com HUNGARY
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF SLOVENIA ERDF partner andrej.lapanje@geo-zs.si SLOVENIA
Local Energy Agency Pomurje ERDF partner bojan@lea-pomurje.si SLOVENIA
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Project News

  • DARLINGe - Filed analyses and stakeholders interviews have started
    - 15-11-2018

    Field testing of the various modules of the previously developed tool-box has stared this autumn on 3 cross-border pilot areas (SRB-RO-HU, SRB-BH and SLO-HU-HR). An important work is a massive data collection from operating thermal water wells...

  • DARLINGe - DARLINGe attended the 7th EUSDR Annual Forum in Sofia, October 18-19
    - 08-11-2018

    In 2018 Bulgaria is holding the rotating Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. On this occasion the 7th Annual Forum of the EUSDR was held in Sofia on October 18-19 with the focus on tourism development as a precondition to...

  • DARLINGe - DARLINGe presented Danube Region's geothermal potential for green heat at EUSEW 2018
    - 19-06-2018

    EU Sustainable Energy Week is the annual flagship event uniting policy makers, authorities, industry, stakeholders, NGOs, researchers and academia in the European sustainable energy sector. With 64 sessions and more than 2,500 participants EUSEW...

  • DARLINGe - 2nd Transnational Stakeholders Forum and 4th SCOM meeting, 11-13 June, Zagreb
    - 10-06-2018

    The 4th Steering Committee (SCOM) meeting and the 2nd Transnational Stakeholders Forum will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, at City Plaza, on 11-13 June 2018. The first day will be dedicated to the SCOM meeting, for discussing the project...

  • DARLINGe - DARLINGe at the 9th Resource Classification Week of the UNECE-EGRC in Geneva
    - 28-04-2018

    The United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources (UNFC-2009) is a globally accepted and widely recognized classification scheme, which has been recently adapted to many commodities, also geothermal...

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