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 - Serbian project partner representative was elected as honorary member of the Hungarian Geological Society
    - 16-04-2018

    Member of the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts, Professor Zoran Stevanovič, Head of the Centre for Karst Hydrogeology at the Department of Hydrogeology, Faculty of Mining & Geology, University of Belgrade (DARLINGe project partner...

  • DARLINGe - DARLINGe will be present at the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018
    - 28-03-2018

    DARLINGe successfully applied for organizing a session "DECARBONIZATION OF THE HEATING AND COOLING SECTOR: COUPLING EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLES WITH SECURITY OF HEAT SUPPLY at the Policy Conference at the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018, to be held...

  • DARLINGe - Focus on geothermal energy in Hungary
    - 20-03-2018

    An extension of the Szentlőrinc geothermal system - one of the case studies of best practices in the DARLINGe project area -  is planned in the near future. The town is to build a new swimming pool and the residual heat of the Geothermal Heat...

  • DARLINGe - First summary reports on "state-of-art" analysis of geothermal energy use are available
    - 08-02-2018

    DARLINGe project's first year activity was largely focussed on the systematic analysis of various technical and non-technical aspects of geothermal energy use in the project area.  Summary reports are exected to be published soon, but do not miss...

  • DARLINGe - DARLINGe held its 3rd project meeting in Belgrade with joint filed visit to Bogatic
    - 04-02-2018

    The project held its 3rd meeting in Belgrade, January 29-31, 2018 where partners overviewed activities of the 1st year. The meeting was followed by a field trip to Bogatic, located on one of the transboundary pilot areas near Bosnia and...

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)