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
30-09-2019
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

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 - Registration is open for the Final Conference, September 25, Budapest
    - 16-07-2019
    Registration is open for the Final Conference, September 25, Budapest

    You are kindly invited to attend the project's Final Conference to be held on on September 25, Budapest, Hungary. The conference will present the project's final results on the comprehensive assessment of thermal water utilization in the region,...

  • DARLINGe - Hungarian National Promotional Event was held on May 29, Budapest
    - 18-06-2019
    Hungarian National Promotional Event was held on May 29, Budapest

    The Hungarian National Promotional Event was held on May 29 in Budapest, as a side event of the prestigious Renewable Energy Conference  2019. The geothermal session, dedicated to the presentation of the DARLINGe results was attended by 41 people...

  • DARLINGe - the first National Promotional Event was successfully held in Croatia
    - 20-05-2019
    the first National Promotional Event was successfully held in Croatia

     The Geological Survey of Croatia organized the Croatian National Promotion Event of the DARLINGe project on May 15, 2019 at the Zagreb Tower. The purpose of the event was to present the project results to the wider public. Altogether 33 ...

  • DARLINGe - results presented at the Energy Democracy Summit 2019 (SED) in Croatia
    - 20-05-2019
    results presented at the Energy Democracy Summit 2019 (SED) in Croatia

    ​Energy Democracy Summit 2019 (SED) was held in the largest Istrian town of Pula from 10 to 12 April 2019 at the Park Plaza Histria Hotel. SED 2019 covers all key aspect and complex issues related to the broader term of energy. More than 300...

  • DARLINGe - meet us at the European Geothermal Congress
    - 09-05-2019
    meet us at the European Geothermal Congress

    The European Geothermal Congress will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands, June 11-14, 2019 http://europeangeothermalcongress.eu/ This event is the largest geothermal congress in Europe, which brings together the entire European geothermal...

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