enOware GmbH awarded the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2017

enOware GmbH received the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2017 during the opening session of GeoTHERM exhibition and Congress 2017 in Offenburg, Germany. The award was given for their miniaturised sensor which allows to professionally plan, monitor and measure near-surface geothermal probes.

Commenting on the award, Ruggero Bertani, Enel Green Power, President of EGEC and member of the jury said, “The product developed by enOware shows that there are high-tech innovations also for shallow geothermal, which can assist planners and designers for the development of advanced ground source systems, and convince the customers of the reliability of geothermal heating and cooling. This kind of innovation, with its potential to facilitate GSHP system design by decreasing costs and increasing efficiency, is a good step forward for further developing the market in Europe.”

“The innovation of the product is that the miniaturized sensor system can measure temperature and pressure very precisely. It can be used to optimise geothermal probes planning and performance,” said Simeon Meier, enOware Managing Director and CTO. “It is good to see that recognition is awarded also for advancement in shallow geothermal.”

The top 5 Companies in Geothermal Innovation of 2017

The five endorsed nominations for this year’s European Geothermal Innovation Award are, in alphabetical order:

  • enOware GmbH (Germany), for the measurement systems to plan, monitor and measure near-surface geothermal probes;
  • HakaGerodur AG (Switzerland), for the pressure-resistant borehole heat exchanger (BHE) for difficult geological conditions and applications up to 300m.
  • Huisman Well Technology BV (The Netherlands), for the application of the Enhanced Casing Installation (ECI) system in a geothermal well.
  • Jansen AG (Switzerland), for the JANSEN shark technology, which reduces the flow resistance in the pipe and results in less pumping power.
  • SWM Services GmbH (Germany), for the project to provide 100% renewable energy for the district heating of Munich, including a major contribution by geothermal energy.

Geothermal News January 2017

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  • A word from the EGEC President: EGEC upcoming news and dossiers, DG ETIP activities


  • European Commission approves new support scheme in France
  • Innovation Fund: Commission launched a stakeholder consultation
  • Commission publishes guidance for the cost-effective introduction of individual metering and billing in buildings with multiple residents


  • Vacancy IGA Executive Director
  • ADB backing clean energy investments in Shaanxi, China, with potential benefits to geothermal
  • ENGIE wins geothermal heating project contract in Bordeaux, France
  • Enel Green Power wins auction for a 20 MW geothermal project in Tuscany, Italy
  • Collaboration agreement between Enel Green Power and COSVIG for testing the use of geothermal resources in algae production
  • New report on EGS Permeability Stimulation
  • IEA’s Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2016 increases renewable growth forecast
  • IRENA Report on the potential across South East Europe for cost-competitive renewable power generation
  • Mission Innovation launches the “Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings Innovation Challenge”


  • FROnT: Result oriented final report
  • Deep Geothermal ETIP: Draft Agenda of the next meeting and General Assembly


  • GeoTHERM
  • EE & RE Exhibition & Conference for South-East Europe
  • … and more

IGA Executive Director – Vacancy from March 2017

For the Secretariat of the International Geothermal Association (IGA) the Bochum University of Applied Sciences has a vacancy starting 1 March 2017 for the position as an IGA – Executive Director.

The International Geothermal Association (IGA) operates its secretariat in Bochum, Germany. The IGA-secretariat is part of the International Knowledge- and Technology Platform Geothermal Energy that is hosted by the International Geothermal Centre (GZB) and is administrated by the Bochum University of Applied Sciences.

The Executive Director is responsible for the operation for the IGA secretariat and of the International Knowledge- and Technology Platform Geothermal Energy. The project is funded by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) via EFRE (European Fund for Regional Development).

Webinar. Promoting transparency on energy costs: heating & cooling solutions

Industry players from the Renewable Heating and Cooling sector (bioenergy, geothermal, solar thermal, air-source/water based/geothermal heat pumps) are invited to participate in an online workshop with the following topics:

  • Levelised costs of heating and cooling: a new common approach
  • Acquiring a heating and cooling system: Key decision factors in five European countries
  • Comparing solutions: promoting transparency and a level playing field

This online event will take place on the 30th January, from 11h00 to 12h30 CET. Participation is free-of-charge but requiring registration.

Find more information on the FROnT website. Please register here.