Geothermal energy forms an indispensable link in the renewable energy mix of the future. VITO is building the first deep geothermal energy plant in Flanders and will supply pioneering work in order to roll out geothermal energy on a large scale in Flanders.

Geothermal energy is a sustainable and stable energy source, and what is more, the technology offers economic opportunities. In the GEOTHERMIE 2020 study, VITO, VOKA Kempen and IOK investigated whether geothermal energy can boost employment and strengthen the economy.

Geothermal energy is a local and sustainable energy source that is available constantly. Despite those major advantages, the technology is still not being used on a large scale. VITO teamed up with Grontmij and TNO to investigate what the barriers are and what potential geothermal energy offers in the Flanders-Netherlands border region.

VITO geothermie & metaalwinning

A geothermal energy plant requires deep boreholes, and these may yield raw materials as well as geothermal energy. VITO is researching the combined approach at the Balmatt energy plant in Mol.

VITO has gained an in-depth knowledge of geothermal energy during the development and construction of the Balmatt plant in Mol, and we now want to share that expertise with companies that are interested in using geothermal energy themselves. VITO maps out the likelihood of success of new geothermal energy projects and calculates the profitability.

Geothermal energy, solar energy, residual heat from industry ... these are all sustainable energy sources that complement one another. GeoWatt studies how thermal networks are able to match supply of heat with demand.