Improving the energy efficiency of geothermal energy use by adjusting the user characteristics (User4GeoEnergy)

Project index number: 2018-1-0502
Fund: EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation
Fund priority sectors: Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy
Lead partner organization: Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences
Start date of implementation:: 01.10.2020
End date of implementation:: 30.09.2023
Project duration: 36 months

Project activities

• Exchange of good practice in the management of geothermal district heating between the donor countries (Iceland, Norway) and the beneficiary countries (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary), that will increase economic as well as environmental and climate benefits for all.
• Mathematical modelling of geothermal systems (energy source – heat distribution – end users), in order to identify optimal solutions for the supply of geothermal heat in the beneficiary countries, considering geothermal conditions and heat prices on domestic markets.
• The focus will be on individual customers in their homes by providing knowledge, experience, and technical solutions to improve the efficiency of geothermal heating. This will be based on data utilisation and the roles of public and individual sustainable solutions. The project will also focus on encouraging customers to modify heating installations in their homes in order to increase their heating efficiency.

Project goals

• Our objectives are a long-term improvement in the efficiency of geothermal operations and a decrease in their environmental footprint: direct contributions to a less carbon-intensive and more energy secure economy in Europe.
• With EU sources readily available for integrating renewables into DH, our project complements investment measures by reforming the operation of these systems.
• Our goal is to increase the economics of geothermal DH systems and to support their environmental sustainability simultaneously. We wish to achieve this goal by expanding the knowledge of our staff and by providing innovative solutions to operators.
• Moving towards low-carbon and energy secure economies necessitates the use of renewables on the one hand, and, maintaining a good status of the environment on the other. Our intervention logic ensures that these objectives can be pursued simultaneously.


Lead partner

Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences
Wybickiego 7A, Krakkow 31-261. Poland

Expert partners

NEA (Orkustofnun)
Grensásvegi 9, 108 Reykjavík, Iceland

Postboks 22 Nygårdstangen, 5838 Bergen, Norway

Beneficiary partners

Palisády 39, 81106 Bratislava, Slovakia

InnoGeo Ltd
13 Dugonics square, Szeged H-6720 Hungary

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The User4GeoEnergy Project (No. 2018-1-0502) is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation. If you want to know more about programmes and projects financed by the EEA and Norway Grants, visit or Regional Cooperation Online Magazine