The project addresses the key problem of using natural resources that are shared by different countries in a sustainable way. Worldwide there is a growing need on the enhanced use of renewable energies due to the increasing energy demand of the globe, restricted reserves of fossil fuels and considerations related to anthropogenic emission of carbon-dioxide affecting the climate system of the Earth.
TRANSENERGY’s final goal is to provide a user friendly, web-based decision supporting tool, which will show all relevant information on the potential, vulnerability and sustainability of the geothermal systems in the investigated transboundary regions, which have been selected because of already existing utilization conflicts and their extreme sensitivity for any further intervention by different management policies in the neighboring countries.
Targets and Aims
Thermal water extraction from the same transboundary geothermal reservoir at a national level without cross-border harmonized management strategies may cause negative impacts (depletion or overexploitation) leading to economic and political tensions between countries. Therefore only the establishment of a joint, multi-national management system may handle the assessment of geothermal potentials and give guidelines for a balanced fluid/heat production.
The aim of “Transenergy” is to create a common geothermal information system in four central European countries. Having an environmental focus the purpose is seeking for sustainable, transboundary utilization of geothermal energy resources.
The project is implemented through the Central Europe Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Found (ERDF). The partners are the Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary (lead partner), the Geological Survey of Austria, the State Geological Institute of Dionyz Stur and the Geological Survey of Slovenia.