In a recent article NZ-based software house Seequent shares its view on the future of the geothermal sector describing the wide variety of opportunities in this exciting industry of ours. Seequent has made great inroads in software solutions related to the subsurface work, both for deep geothermal and increasingly also for shallow(er) geothermal resources. (details here)
Tomato farmers in the Alps and fishermen casting lines on remote Indonesian islands show how expansive geothermal energy has become.Miklos Antics, Managing Director of GPC IP/GEOFLUID and President of the European Geothermal Energy Council, has watched it evolve. He’s spent more than 30 years in the industry.
Between oil and gas crashes, the $1 billion Euro Green Deal in response to climate change, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic, geothermal energy has been turned to in times of need.“Everything will change after this Corona Virus,” explains Miklos. "We are going back to the origins and we will try to use our own natural and in-place energy resources for heating, for food, for transport.”
COVID-19 brought society to a standstill. It changes how countries will interact globally for years to come, and has forced economies to look for local resources, including energy. Miklos himself is based in a geothermal success story: Paris, France.
“The Paris area has become the largest district heating system in the world by heating the homes of more than 2 million people and producing more than one million megawatt thermal hours a year,” Miklos says. Yet, that success too came out of a crisis.