Shallow Geothermal Energy Planning, Assessment and Mapping Strategies in Central Europe

Geothermal energy is a locally available, endogenous heat source not affected by emissions, which is a present and future key technology in order to reduce emissions hazardous to climate and air quality.

GeoPLASMA-CE aimed to foster the share of shallow geothermal use in heating and cooling strategies in central Europe. The project created a web-based interface between geoscientific experts and public as well as private stakeholders to make the existing know-how about resources and risks associated to geothermal use accessible for territorial energy planning and management strategies in Central Europe.

After more than 3 years of hard work, our project GEOPLASMA-CE ended in September 2019. The project team is very proud that all planned outputs for promoting an efficient and sustainable use of shallow geothermal in Central Europe could be achieved.

Thank you for following us and we would like to say goodbye to you with the final e-Newsletter.

The project team will now go separated ways, but our outcomes will stay! Please visit GeoPLASMA-CE web portal to get access to all our outputs.


GeoPLASMA-CE web portal

 The portal consists of a knowledge platform aiming to disseminate profound background information on shallow geothermal energy use and to connect people interested in this topic across Europe.

For our six pilot areas in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Slovenia, we created web-based information and decision support systems providing GIS based web maps and location specific data reports containing all information stored in our web system.  

Join a virtual tour through our web-portal with our entertaining tutorial video and visit our web portal.


What is shallow geothermal energy?

Shallow geothermal energy (also: near surface geothermal energy) is the heat available or rather stored in the ground. It is available everywhere and anytime, regardless of daytime or season. In central Europe, the temperature in a depth of 20 metres amounts to a constant temperature of roundabout 10 °C. Every 100 metres deeper the temperature increases by 3 K. It can be used for cooling and heating purposes (deep geothermal energy also for electricity production). The heat of the ground is usually extracted in closed loop systems, rarer in open loop systems. Geothermal energy is renewable, ecologically friendly and space-saving at the surface.

How can modern men use shallow geothermal energy and why should it be used is presented in a short video.

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GeoPLASMA-CE in numbers






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Knowledge platform to disseminate information on shallow geothermal energy use and to connect people interested in this topic across Europe

Information and decision support system for our six pilot areas in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Slovenia

The portal is available here...  

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Integrative management strategies developed for the use of shallow geothermal methods in 6 pilot areas

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Harmonized strategy developed for planning, mapping, management and monitoring of shallow geothermal use 


FINAL Deliverables and publications

You are invited to take a look and download the following final project deliverables:

Handbook for a successful implementation of Shallow Geothermal Energy in English, German, Polish, Slovakian, Slovenian and Czech
The GeoPLASMA-CE position paper to foster the use of shallow geothermal in Central Europe in English and German
Promotional leaflet in EnglishGermanPolishSlovakianSlovenian and  Czech
e-Newsletter No. 4
e-Newsletter No. 3
e-Newsletter No. 2
e-Newsletter No. 1

Strategy report for future energy planning and management concepts to foster the use of shallow geothermal methods
Reviewed strategies for the use of shallow geothermal energy in the investigated pilot areas
Joint report on user demand and barriers for the implementation of shallow geothermal methods in energy planning strategies 
Summary report on existing energy planning strategies in the EU considering the use of shallow geothermal energy + Appendix

Activity report on the field measurements
Activity report on 3D-modelling
Activity report on post processing and evaluation of data models
Calibration report based on the pilot activities for transfer of knowledge
Joint report on chosen approaches and methods for calibration

Harmonized workflow for urban areas
Harmonized workflow for non-urban areas
Evaluated guidelines on harmonized workflows and methods for urban and non-urban areas
Summary of national legal requirements, current policies and regulations of shallow geothermal use
Catalogue of reviewed quality standards, current policies and regulations concerning shallow geothermal energy systems
Catalogue of success criteria for a sustainable management of shallow geothermal use
GeoPLASMA-CE Data structure
Synopsis of conflict mapping
Synopsis of geothermal mapping methods for open loop systems 
Synopsis of geothermal mapping methods for closed loop systems
Synopsis of geological 3D modelling methods

Whitebook of the web based decision support and information tool
Report on source code and maintenance of web based decision support and information tool
Whitebook of the web based expert platform
Report on source code and maintenance of web based expert platform
Catalogue of requirements for the decision support tool
Catalogue of requirements for the expert platform
Catalogue of requirements on outcomes of stakeholder survey  
GeoPLASMA-CE summary presented at the World Geothermal Congress 2020
3D Modelling workshop in Prague
Knowledge exchange workshop on legal requirements, procedures and policies in Salzburg 
Knowledge exchange workshop on integration of shallow geothermal energy use in local energy planning in Munich 



 European shallow geothermal days in Brussels, September 2019 
Final seminar and stakeholders training in the Wałbrzych pilot area, July 2019 
European Sustainable Energy Week 2019, June 2019
GeoPLASMA-CE Final EEAB meeting and the Final Conference in Freiberg, May 2019 
GeoTHERM conference and fair in Offenburg, February 2019
Geothermal Congress in Essen, November 2018
5. Slovenian Geological Congress in Velenje, October 2018
National stakeholder's event in Krakow, October 2018
Borehole heat exchangers – current state, barriers and development in Poland, May 2018
EUropa in Wien, May 2018
4. meeting of the European GeoModelling Community, March 2018
26. Meeting of the German Association for Hydrogeology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, March 2018
Workshop “New horizons in geological and geo‑environmental monitoring”
, March 2018
GeoTHERM expo & congress in Offenburg, March 2018
Meeting with stakeholders of the Wałbrzych pilot area, November 2017
Knowledge exchange workshop in Salzburg, November 2017
Climathon 2017 in Krakow, October 2017
Renexpo® Poland fair and VI. PORT PC congress, October 2017
Summary Conference of GeoHeatPol project, October 2017
Networking of Geothermal4PL  and GeoPLASMA-CE in Checiny, October 2017
Knowledge exchange workshop in Munich, September 2017
  National stakeholders's event in Ljubljana, August 2017
 Important visit from Brussels, June 2017
GeoPLASMA-CE at Geothermal Technology Workshop in Brussels, June 2017
GeoPLASMA-CE lecture at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, June 2017
geoENERGIE Tag 2017 in Freiberg, May 2017
Mapping and Assessment Workshop at the DGK in Essen, December 2016
International conference on heat pumps ZEO 2016 in Ljubljana, November 2016
The GeoPLASMA-CE Polish kick-off workshop, November 2016
5th Polish Geothermal Congress, October 2016
Kick-Off Meeting at the European Geothermal Conference in Strasbourg, September 2016  


Start Date

1 july 2016

End Date

30 september 2019