A new reference site to understand and develop geothermal energy

The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and the BRGM have launched Geothermies.fr, a new reference website dedicated to understanding geothermal energy as a sustainable resource and promoting its use by individuals, local communities and businesses.
7 January 2020
The Géothermies.fr. portal

The Géothermies.fr. portal.

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The subsurface has a potentially major role to play in the energy transition. Subsurface resources can be used to produce heat, cold and electricity, regardless of weather conditions, via geothermal engineering and its various techniques.

The Geothermies.fr site launched by the ADEME and BRGM is a scientific and practical resource for all kinds of users, from private individuals to local communities and businesses, to find out more about geothermal energy and its development as a constant and sustainable resource.

A new portal dedicated to near-surface and deep geothermal systems

The site includes a demonstration section to learn out about the different ways of using subsurface heat, and a cartographic section with:

  • Regional and local-scale maps of geothermal resources to help identify the most appropriate geothermal solutions for each area;
  • Examples of operational near-surface geothermal facilities and all deep geothermal facilities currently operating in France, with their main technical characteristics and performance data;
  • A section describingregulatory regimes to inform developers of near-surface geothermal projectsabout their obligations.
  • Géothermies.fr also includes regional sections with contact information on players who are active in the local area and listing the various grants available for developing geothermal energy.

The site provides detailed information on regulations and applicable standards as well as a comprehensive section on practical and theoretical guidance for professionals and specialised organisations in the sector on good practice and the most recent research findings.

Finally, Géothermies.fr offers a free newsletter for updates on all forms of geothermal energy.