The European Geothermal Congress (EGC)
The European Geothermal Congress was held in Strasbourg on 19-23 September 2016. Organized every 3 years, it is an international event that brings together several actors of the geothermal community.
A wide audience of experts can listen to the latest research progress at the forefront of deep and shallow geothermal energy. Then, scientists, managers, policy makers and stakeholders are updated with the technological innovations adopted in all fields of geothermal research. Moreover, it is a great opportunity to have an overview of geothermal market, legislation and economic issues and of public perception and acceptance.
In this framework, ITER Project presented the preliminary research results at the poster session. An article summarizing the main findings of the research until now is also included in the conference proceedings. In detail, the laboratory results determined for sand and loamy sand samples under different degree of water content are compared with those obtained in the test field.
Several colleagues appreciated the work, so interesting discussion arose concerning the possible implementation of the research. Maybe it is also a start for future cooperation!
In addition, I had the opportunity to listen some very interesting keynotes related to shallow geothermal energy. Factors influencing heat exchange with vertical and horizontal collectors, global warming and urban heating are themes that requires a greater attention in the future.
Therefore, after this incredible experience, it is time to think possible future research implementation. And, of course, to wait for the next EGC Congress!