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

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 - 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...

  • DARLINGe - Thermal water sampling in transnational collaboration
    - 18-02-2019
    Thermal water sampling in transnational collaboration

    On the Drina basin pilot area located between Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina experts from the Geological Survey of the Republic of Srpska-Zvornik, Federal Institute for Geology - Sarajevo, University of Belgrade - Faculty of Mining and Geology,...

  • DARLINGe - 5TH SCOM MEETING OF THE PROJECT IN BIJELJINA, REPUBLIC OF SRPSKA, BOSNIA - HERZEGOVINA
    - 05-02-2019
    5TH SCOM MEETING OF THE PROJECT IN BIJELJINA, REPUBLIC OF SRPSKA, BOSNIA - HERZEGOVINA

    The 5th SCOM meeting of DARLINGe project was  held on 6 - 7 February 2019 in the ethno village „Stanišić“, in Bijeljina, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia - Herzegovina.  The meeting had the purpose of overviewing the status of the project, as well...

  • DARLINGe - PRESENTATION ON THE NATIONAL TV POST OF BOSNIA - HERZEGOVINA
    - 05-02-2019
    PRESENTATION ON THE NATIONAL TV POST OF BOSNIA - HERZEGOVINA

    On the 4th of February, Dr. Natalija Samardzic from the Federal Institute for Geology – Sarajevo had an interview with reporters of the national TV (BHT1) for the “Euroimpuls” show, where the DARLINGe project (Danube Region Leading Geothermal...

  • 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...

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