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 will work together to improve energy security and efficiency in the Danube Region by promoting sustainable utilization of the existing, however still largely untapped deep geothermal resources in the heating sector, as a main objective. 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.

The specific objectives are

  • to increase the use of geothermal energy and help the penetration of energy efficient cascade systems (where users are sequentally linked according to their decreasing heat demand) and matching them with heat-markets 
  • to establish a market-replicable tool-box consisting of 3 complementary modules for sustainable management of 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 reaching the expected yield and temperature),
  • to advance stakeholder cooperation (establishment of a Transnational Stakeholder Forum) to foster geothermal developments and to create a strong geothermal value chain.

As a main result the intensity of cooperation among key-players of the geothermal sector in the participating six countries will increase and contribute to energy security and energy efficiency by increasing the use of geothermal energy in the heating sector, which will make  the Danube Region less dependent on imported fossil fuels, also respecting the environment.

Project outputs include:

  • various workshops and training materials including site visits for stakeholders,
  • Danube Region Geothermal Information Platform (interactive web-portal),
  • Transnational Geothermal Strategy
  • Danube Region Geothermal and Action Plans,
  • tool-box to assist management of transboundary geothermal resources tested at 3 cross-border pilot areas
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


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D 2.2.3. Newsletter2_DARLINGe_Dec2017.pdf 12-01-2018 17:34:02
D.3.1.1.-e learning part V.pdf 03-10-2017 10:58:31
D.3.1.1.-e-learning part IV.pdf 03-10-2017 10:58:08
D.3.1.1.-e-learning part III.pdf 03-10-2017 10:57:32
D.3.1.1.-e-learning part II.pdf 03-10-2017 10:56:57
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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 - 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...

  • DARLINGe - DARLINGe results were presented at the IAH 44th Congress in Dubrovnik
    - 03-10-2017

    The 44th Congress of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) was held in Dubrovnik from September 25 to 29 and was attended by more than 500 participants all over the world. At the congress A. Nádor had a thematic lecture on the...

  • DARLINGe - DARLINGe and TP 8 presentation at the 14th Steering Group Meeting of the Priority Area 2
    - 13-07-2017

    DARLINGe overview and progress, as well as introduction on Thematic Pole 8 activities and projects (3Smart and Energy Barge) were presented at the 14th Steering Group Meeting of the Priority Area 2, held in Budapest. The presentation is available...

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