The German Geothermal Energy Association (BVG) invites you to the Haus der Technik in Essen from 17 to 19 October 2023 and is pleased to announce another expanded, practice-oriented programme. More than 200 lectures and posters await the attendees of the leading national geothermal event. In particular, the congress will offer municipal utilities practical knowledge and contacts with a workshop specialising in the municipal heat turnaround and an information booth of the authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia.
After a very successful European Geothermal Congress 2022 in Berlin and two Digital Geothermal Congresses, this year's annual congress will again take place on site as usual. This year, the Haus der Technik in Essen will once again facilitate knowledge exchange and networking for the German and international geothermal sector.
Public utilities and municipal energy suppliers can register for a workshop on municipal heat planning with geothermal energy on Thursday, the workshop day of the congress.In addition to basic presentations on how to use shallow, medium-depth or deep geothermal energy in the municipal heating mix, there will also be an opportunity to take advantage of advice at the joint stand of the North Rhine-Westphalian specialist authorities Geological Survey, the State Office for Nature, the Environment and Consumer Protection and the Arnsberg District Government, as well as NRW.Energy4Climate and the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, throughout the congress, and to explore regional geothermal potential and funding opportunities directly.
Learning from each other and working together will also be the focus of the diverse sessions on near-surface, medium-depth and deep geothermal energy, which will be offered in four parallel lecture strands on Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition to German-language sessions, there will also be English-language sessions to cater for the increasingly international audience.
This year's focus is on the Nordic partner countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, which will present their geological characteristics and their solutions for the future energy market. Whether long-standing experience with high-temperature geothermal energy from Iceland, novel district heating concepts from Denmark or the widespread use of near-surface geothermal energy as in Sweden, the Nordic countries are taking a very natural approach to geothermal energy use.
High-calibre greetings will be given on Wednesday by, among others, Mona Neubaur, Minister for Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy and Deputy Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Icelandic Ambassador María Erla Marelsdóttir.Afterwards, several prizes of the Bundesverband Geothermie e.V. will be awarded: The Patricius Medal for special merits in geothermal energy, the prize for the best or young scientist, and the "Science Bar" poster competition, which awards prizes for the best bachelor's, master's or doctoral thesis.
The social programme offers many opportunities for networking: An Icebreaker evening on Tuesday as an informal standing reception, a joint social evening on Wednesday as well as an exhibition of various companies and scientific institutes, furthermore also excursions to the Fraunhofer IEG in Bochum and to the geothermal company DMT Group in Essen.
Participants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be represented as well as European guests. From interested students to large companies and municipal utilities as well as renowned institutes, the congress audience represents a cross-section of the people who will shape geothermal energy into a real energy power in the future.