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
01-01-2017
End date
30-06-2019
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2525760,7
ERDF Contribution: 1612249,99
IPA Contribution: 534646,6
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Priority
Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Improve energy security and energy efficiency

Library

Filename Date of upload
D.6.2.1. Strategy FINAL.pdf 29-03-2019 17:56:10
D.6.3.1. Manual on the use of the tool-box.pdf 12-07-2018 15:11:30
D.2.2.2.DARLINGe_ebrochure_RO.pdf 12-07-2018 15:08:26
D.2.2.2.DARLINGE_ebrochure_BH_bosnian.pdf 12-07-2018 11:35:02
D.2.2.2.DARLINGE_ebrochure_EN.pdf 12-07-2018 11:34:34
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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 - Join our National Promotional Events in May-June to learn more about geothermal energy use
    - 23-04-2019
    Join our National Promotional Events in May-June to learn more about geothermal energy use

    As DARLINGe project is approaching its end, we are organizing national promotional events in all partner countries to disseminate our results to national stakeholders. If you are interested in the "heat under your feet", how to use more and...

  • DARLINGe - Transnational Danube Region Geothermal Strategy published
    - 29-03-2019
    Transnational Danube Region Geothermal Strategy published

    The Danube Region Transnational Strategy jointly elaborated by the six participating countries is based on the key results of detailed investigations that were performed on the entire project area covering key topics, such as the assessment of...

  • DARLINGe - partner training on geothermal resource estimation methods
    - 13-03-2019
    partner training on geothermal resource estimation methods

    Experts of MBFSZ led a 1 day training on the probabilistic methods applied in geothermal resource estimation for consortium partners on March 5 in Budapest. In addition to the introductory presentation, partners found the most useful the...

  • DARLINGe - Geological risk mitigation - tackling a main barrier of geothermal developments
    - 02-03-2019
    Geological risk mitigation - tackling a main barrier of geothermal developments

    A main challenge in developing deep geothermal projects is the high upfront cost of drilling the first well, coupled with a great uncertainity at this early stage of exploration, when relatively little is known about the subsurface conditions....

  • DARLINGe - Cross-fertilization workshop with RESOURCE for sharing experience on hydrogeological data harmonization
    - 22-02-2019
    Cross-fertilization workshop with RESOURCE for sharing experience on hydrogeological data harmonization

    The GeoERA-RESOURCE project (http://geoera.eu/projects), part of a H2020 ERA-NET aims at demonstrating the potentials of harmonized hydrogeological information, 3D structure of aquifers, the water volumes available, and the water fluxes across...

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