DARLINGe - Danube Region Leading Geothermal Energy

10 ERDF and 5 IPA partners representing geological surveys, university, industry, regional energy and development agencies, ministries  and municipalities, assisted by 7 ASP-s 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), western Srpska and the central and northern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, northern Serbia (Vojvodina) and western Romania (Crisana and Banat), altogether about 92,000 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),
  • 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.
DARLINGe project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (1612249,99 €) and by the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II (534646,6 €) under Grant Agreement no DTP1-099-3.2
Please also check out the official website of the project.

The scheme of an optimal geothermal cascade system (Szanyi et al. 2015)