The Digital German Geothermal Congress

Save the date: DGK 2021

This year's Digital German Geothermal Congress ended successfully with more than 780 visitors from 21 countries and 4 continents. A view into the European and global market was offered by the partners of the European association EGEC and the US association "Geothermal Rising". The USA was the partner country of this year's DGK and presented itself with a high-quality workshop.

The date for the next German Geothermal Congress has been set: From 29 November to 3 December 2021 the German Geothermal Association invites again to exchange knowledge.

The German Geothermal Association thanks all speakers, chairpersons, the scientific committee and other honorary active persons, the media partners and associations as well as the sponsors and supporters for the good cooperation.

The German Geothermal Association invites geothermal energy experts from science and industry to the German Digital Geothermal Congress from 9th to 13th of November 2020. The central knowledge platform of the geothermal energy sector is thus providing a digital format that offers knowledge exchange and networking - independent of the corona pandemic.

More than 150 lectures await the participants of this year's digital Geothermal Congress.

Partner country this year is the USA: The US-American association Geothermal Rising (formerly GRC) will be represented with a workshop. Besides a workshop of the European Geothermal Association EGEC on the current market development in Europe, a part of the lectures will be held in English language, so that an international audience will also benefit from the congress. Of course, congress website, participant´s area and registration is provided in English language. Please check out the program here.

Greetings and keynote speeches will be given by Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart (Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia), Dr. Julia Verlinden (Member of the German Bundestag), Prof. Dr. Lamia Messari-Becker (University of Siegen, Club of Rome), and Natascha Wessel (Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy).

On 5 days, the congress offers 2 blocks of 2 hours of sessions and workshops in the morning and afternoon in several virtual rooms. The participants can expect keynotes from politics and science, award ceremonies and side events. Live streams of the presentations will be available in a protected participant area. There you can also find information on the speakers' presentations, visit exhibitors and maintain industry contacts.

Register and find out the latest news from research and business.

Greeting of the patron Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister of Economics and Energy

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As patron of the Digital Geothermal Congress 2020, I am delighted about your commitment and dedication to the further development of the use of geothermal energy. This year's congress falls into a special year: The effects of the COVID -19 pandemic have presented us all with extraordinary challenges. I am all the more pleased that you have stuck to the implementation of the Congress 2020 and that you have been able to meet the special requirements of this time by means of a virtual format.
The energy turnaround is an opportunity for Germany as an industrial location and thus for the future viability of our country.

Last year, renewable energies accounted for around 46 percent of electricity consumption. This is a value that only a short time ago, few would have thought possible. The supply of electricity from renewable energies is also approaching the 50 percent mark. This strengthens my confidence that we can and will achieve the goals of the energy turnaround.
The switch to an energy supply with a predominant share of renewable energies is not only an important step in the electricity sector, but also in the supply of heat in buildings and in industrial use. The promotion of real-world laboratories of energy system transformation as a new element in the German government's 7th Energy Research Programme supports industry in taking this path.

One example is the real-world laboratory "IW3 - Integrierte WärmeWende Wilhelmsburg" in Hamburg. There a system for a secure and inexpensive heat supply based on renewable energies in urban areas is being developed using a combination of geothermal, solar and industrial waste heat. The comprehensive coupling of the areas of heat, electricity and mobility will enable an energy-efficient and CO2-neutral supply of the rapidly growing urban district.
A strategic component of the future heat supply must be the use of geothermal energy, whether near the surface, medium-deep and, if economically viable, deep geothermal energy. It is important to make the heat available safely on demand. Here I rely on your competence and experience.
The Geothermiekongress offers again a fastidious framework for the exchange over current developments, chances and successes in connection with the use of terrestrial heat. I wish all participants a successful and constructive event.


Pictures: Prof. Dr. A. Pinkwart, Picture by: MWIDE Lichtenscheidt / Dr. J. Verlinden, Picture by: Sandra König.

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