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Interview with Adele Manzella, Italian Geothermal Union - Geothermal energy research in Italy

By District Energy posted 09-27-2018 00:00

  

Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy

Bagnore 3 plant, Tuscany Italy (source: Enel Green Power)

Summary

A recent with Adele Manzella, First Researcher of the National Research Council (CNR) and President of the Italian Geothermal Union was published in Tuscan publication ARPAT in Italy.

Adele Manzella was the coordinator of the national projects of the CNR dedicated to geothermal: VIGOR (Evaluation of geothermal potential in the regions of convergence) and Geothermal Atlas of Southern Italy. She is also participating in the European Technology and Innovation Platform Steering Committee of the European Set Plan Deep Geothermal (ETIP-DG) and represents the CNR at the Joint Program Geothermal Energy of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA-JPGE) of the European Set Plan, and in the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) and the International Geothermal Association (IGA).

The production of electricity from geothermal sources in Italy is a peculiarity of Tuscany. Some question whether geothermal energy is actually a renewable energy source, is it? What is preferable compared to traditional fossil sources?

As with other renewable energy sources, the energy that is collected by geothermal plants, determined by the flow of terrestrial heat, is naturally reintegrated into a human time scale. There is therefore no doubt that the geothermal energy used to produce electricity and heat is renewable.

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