The aim of the EU Interreg project DGE-ROLLOUT is to promote the use of deep geothermal energy as a climate-friendly source of energy, reduce CO2 emissions and hence protect the environment in North-West Europe. It is a collaboration between research institutes in Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands. The research project runs from 2018 to 2022.

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"Roll-out of Deep Geothermal Energy in N-W Europe"

DGE-ROLLOUT is joining forces to further explore the technical and economic feasibility of deep geothermal energy and to further develop the concept for extracting and exploiting geothermal heat. 

More specifically, 9 companies or research institutes from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and France are collaborating: the Geological Service of Nord Rhein Westfalen (GD-NRW) as project coordinator, TU Darmstadt, Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Infrastructure and Geothermal Energy (IEG) and as industrial partners DMT, and RWE Power AG; VITO and the Belgian Geological Service for Belgium (GSB); EBN and TNO for the Netherlands and for France BRGM.

In order to estimate the heat consumption in North Limburg (BE), a task force with 9 North Limburg municipalities has been set up under the leadership of the Provincial Development Agency POM Limburg. Analysis of the heat demand of public buildings, households and industrial customers showed that Bree and Lommel have the largest heat potential. Both locations were selected to assess the feasibility of developing deep geothermal district heating.

VITO coordinates the "Production Optimization" work package where it is responsible for the demonstration activities at the geothermal power station in Mol (Belgium) and the associated heating network. Exploration studies in northern Belgium (Lommel and Bree) are also being designed and organised, including seismic acquisition. VITO will interpret the new geophysical data and include them in an updated version of the G3D model for the subsurface of Flanders (