DARLINGe - Danube Region Leading Geothermal Energy

10 ERDF and 5 IPA partners representing geological surveys, university, industry, regional energy and development agencies, ministry  and municipality, assisted by 7 ASP-s from HU, SLO, HR, SRB, BH and RO 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 areas cover the central and SE part of the Danube Region, encompassing S-Hungary (S-Transdanubia and S-ern part of the Great Plain), NE-Slovenia (Pomurska and Podravska), N-Croatia (Slavonia), W-ern Srpska and the Central- and N-ern parts of Bosnia-Herzegovina, N-Serbia (Vojvodina) and W-Romania (Crisana and Banat), altogether about 92000 km2.

The specific objectives are to increase the use of geothermal energy and help the penetration of energy efficient cascade systems and matching them with heat-markets (concept of “resource-parks”), to establish a market-replicable tool-box consisting of 3 complementary modules for sustainable geothermal reservoir management (benchmark evaluation of current uses, decision tree to help developers, geological risk mitigation scheme), and 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 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 training materials, Danube Region Geothermal Information Platform (interactive web-portal), Transnational Geothermal Strategy and Action Plans, tool-box tested at 3 cross-border pilot areas.