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Geothermal energy consolidates its market uptake but much potential remains untapped

EGEC publishes its annual Geothermal Market Report

The EGEC Geothermal Market Report 2018 is being published today. This publication comes as the geothermal sector has continued its steady development. Core markets have continued carrying developments in geothermal electricity, large geothermal heating and cooling projects and deployment of small scale geothermal heating and cooling systems. Meanwhile, the use of geothermal energy has also expanded geographically with such milestones as the commissioning of Croatia’s first geothermal power plant during the year 2018.


EGEC publishes its annual Geothermal Market Report

The Market report will be presented in more details during a webinar that will take place on 2 July 2019 from 11:00 to 12:30.

Three important milestones mark the 2018 edition of this EGEC market report: (i) total installed capacity is now more than 3 GWe; (ii) the sector has doubled its capacity in 6 years; (iii) as of 2018, more than 300 geothermal district heating systems are in operation, compared to 187 in 2010.

The above figures show how the market has developed since 2011: the geothermal sector is growing quickly, following the trend set by other renewable energy sources. Indeed, the launch of the first EGEC Market Report marked the beginning of a period of accelerated geothermal market development.

Meanwhile, the shallow geothermal sector is displaying continuous growth, approaching the threshold of 2 million units installed, a figure which has been achieved thanks to continued interest in both historical markets and rapidly growing new markets.

The 2018 edition of the EGEC Geothermal Market Report comes at a crucial moment in Europe’s energy sector, in the wake of the adoption of the Clean Energy Package by the European Union, setting the policy, regulatory and financing framework for the 2020-2030 decade. This edition also comes as the assessment of policies in place to meet the targets of the 2020 European Climate and Energy framework can be assessed. By enlarge, the market dynamics of the geothermal sector underline a clear lack of a suitable framework in most European countries.

The Key Findings of the report are made publicly available, while the full report, complete with supporting data and tables, is only available to EGEC members. For more information, visit

Source: EGEC

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