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SET-Plan conference, EERA side-event:Energy and Earth’s underground – Multiple sources and storage options

10/12/2014

The usage of Earth’s underground is a key factor in the efforts to provide economic and safe solutions for the future energy supply in Europe. Underground resources and technologies concerned include hydrocarbons, geothermal, gas and energy storage, and CO2 sequestration, but also rare energy materials. In a joint effort of all these fields, European research can find a huge synergy potential in areas such as the determination of key subsurface properties and processes, drilling issues, reservoir development and sustainable management of the subsurface space.
Therefore, the EERA Joint Programmes lead by JP Geothermal organised a side event at the SET-plan conference in Rome on December 10, 2014.

Moderated by Ernst Huenges, Coordinator of the EERA JP Geothermal the panellists brought different perspectives to the theme of the event: Energy and Earth’s underground – Multiple sources and storage options.

Below are a couple of the comments from the panellists

A concentrated investment in research of geothermal energy in all its facets has to become an essential contribution to energy security in Europe and in the world.”
Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany

There is a growing need for an overarching approach towards the subsurface.”
Agustin Escardino, Deputy Head of Unit, Renewable Energy, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

All sources of energy are important but above all they should be wisely integrated.”
Teresa Ponce de Leão, Vice-chair of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), President of LNEG

The usage of Earth’s underground is a key factor in the efforts to provide economic and safe solutions for the future energy supply in Europe.”
Ernst Huenges, Coordinator of the EERA Joint Programme on Geothermal Energy

Europe cannot afford to leave the unconventional resources untouched in the subsurface.”
René Peters, Coordinator of the EERA Joint Programme on Shale Gas

Geothermal electricity can be generated with no-carbon or other gas emission. This will provide a truly environmentally safe renewable resource.”
Franco Barberi, President of the National Volcanic Group, Italy

Energy needs will lead to an increased use of subsurface resources & space for power generation, heat or storage.”
Agustin Escardino, Deputy Head of Unit, Renewable Energy, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Strategic management of the Earth’s deep subsurface resources, including the pore space, will be needed to ensure safe and economic low-carbon energy in Europe.”
Jonathan Pierce, Storage Sub-programme Coordinator, EERA Joint Programme on Carbon Capture Sequestration

“We need improved technologies, improved knowledge of the subsurface and coordinated spatial planning and integrated management.”
Agustin Escardino, Deputy Head of Unit, Renewable Energy, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Public acceptance for CO2 storage, engineered geothermal systems, tight light oil, tight gas, nuclear waste disposal, must be included in R&D programs and industrial projects.”
Christian Fouillac, Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the French National Agency for Storage of Nuclear Wastes (ANDRA)

Organized by EERA JP Geothermal Energy at the SET-Plan conference 2014.

 

Copyright of the pictures by EERA Secretariat, S.Lang