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
See all

Project News

  • 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...

  • DARLINGe - DARLINGe held its 1st Transnational Stakeholder Forum Meeting on October 18, 2017 in Budapest
    - 08-11-2017

    One of DARLINGe's key objective is to establish a contact with all actors of the entire geothermal value chain (ministries, public authorities, governmental and sectorial agencies, industrial partners, SME-s and service providers, project...

  • DARLINGe - Thematic Pole 8 Capitalisation Session at the 6th Annual Forum of EUSDR, October 18-19, 2017, Budapest
    - 08-11-2017

    The Danube Transnational Programme Capitalisation Strategy aims to strengthen the links between projects working on similar topics (Thematic Poles), to enable projects to exploit and consolidate one another's achievements, and create a higher...

  • DARLINGe - DARLINGe at the 6th Annual Forum of the EUSDR, 18-19 October, 2017, Budapest
    - 08-11-2017

    DARLINGe was an exhibitor at the 6th Annual Forum of the EUSDR. Its stand was visited by many people interested in clean and renewable energy, which should be a priority for the post2020 period in terms of mid- to long-term energy security of the...

See all

Subscribe to project newsletter

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