The city of Bjelovar received funds from the EEA and Norwegian grants from the “Energy and Climate Change” program.
The EEA financial mechanism and the Norwegian financial mechanism contribute to the reduction of social and economic differences within Europe and strengthen bilateral cooperation between the donor countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the Republic of Croatia. The city of Bjelovar submitted a project for the use of geothermal energy in the area of Veliki Korenovo – Korenovo GT-1, and obtained grants for the preparation of technical documentation. The city is a beneficiary of the project with partners EFLA Consulting Engineers from Iceland and Terme Bjelovar. The total value of the project is €309,320.04, of which €258,251.29 are grants. The project will be implemented from May 24, 2022 to April 30, 2024.
Today, October 5, 2022, a round table was held on the potential of geothermal energy in Bjelovar as part of the project “Development of technical documentation for the use of geothermal energy in the area of Veliko Korenovo – Korenovo GT-1”, ref. no. 70. Representatives of the Manager, EIHP, project team, partner EFLA participated in the round table.
Tena Bilić, B.Sc. geology from the company Geotermalni izvori d.o.o. held a presentation on the current state of research and consumption of geothermal energy in the Republic of Croatia. Currently, in Croatia, geothermal energy is used at 16 locations in spas, at 2 locations in greenhouses for vegetable production, and at another 3 locations for heating, and all locations together use about 89 MW of energy from geothermal sources. Bilić pointed out that there are great potentials for increased use of geothermal energy in Croatia, and as a result, the interest of domestic and foreign investors has increased. In the discussion, it was pointed out that it is necessary to make good business plans and round off the processes of energy utilization for all purposes by looking at the bigger picture. Potential other locations in the area of the city of Bjelovar, where studies have shown that there are opportunities for the exploitation of geothermal sources, can be used in the future and follow up on this project. Regional information on the area and the geological and geophysical interpretation of the Korenovo research area with a focus on the geological features of the geothermal reservoir, the expected geological profile of the Korenovo GT-1 well and the assessment of its capacity for direct energy consumption are given.
Zoran Veselinović, B.Sc. Engineer of Oil Mining, spoke about the design of the KorGT-1 well and the expected dynamics of its construction, testing and completion after successful testing. oil mining. After the public works, drilling will follow, which will be approved by the relevant Ministry. Then follow the production tests of the well itself, which will end after positive test results. After completion, it is put into its function of producing geothermal energy. It was pointed out that a number of problems can be encountered in the drilling process, which must be solved immediately in cooperation with consultants. It is necessary to know geological structures and make decisions in a timely and fast manner. Plans for the future are that hot water will be used for heating households and spas that are being developed in parallel with the project.
Runar Magnusson, m.Sc. Mechanical Engineer from the Icelandic company EFLA Consulting Engineers, a project partner, spoke about the direct application of geothermal energy, design experiences and best practices. Electricity production with geothermal energy has increased significantly in recent years. Geothermal plants currently produce 25% of the country’s total electricity production. During the 20th century, Iceland went from being one of the poorest European countries, dependent on imported energy, to a country with a high standard of living where practically all stationary energy is obtained from renewable sources. In 2014, approximately 85% of Iceland’s primary energy consumption came from domestic renewable sources. Geothermal sources account for 66% of Iceland’s primary energy consumption.
It was emphasized that it is necessary to change awareness and make decisions at the state level about reducing the use of gas and oil. Iceland has oil and gas drilling opportunities, but they have decided not to exploit them. In the wake of climate change, global warming and the promotion of green policies, it is necessary to turn to alternative options that are more environmentally friendly.
The goal of the project is to increase energy production from renewable sources, reduce CO2 emissions and increase security of supply. The purpose of the project is the production of energy with lower carbon emissions and increased security of supply through the preparation of technical documentation that is necessary to reach the stage of well construction and exploitation/production of geothermal energy.
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The project “Development of technical documentation for the use of geothermal energy in the area of Veliko Korenovo – Korenovo GT-1” benefits from a € 258,2 thousand grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants with national co-financing from the Republic of Croatia within the “Energy and Climate Change” Programme. The aim of the project is to increase energy production from renewable sources, reduce CO2 emissions and increase security of supply.
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