The GECO Project was launched in October 2018. It is a EU innovation action in which GEORG and 17 other companies and research institutions have partnered. GECO aims to capture and store geothermal gases emitted during energy production and provide a cleaner and more cost-efficient power. Building on the CarbFix® technology, and through a consistent monitoring of the reactions that occur in four GECO field sites across Europe, each having a distinct geology, GECO aims to create a tool for predicting chemical behavior of sequestrated gas into a variety of geological reservoirs before they are developed for geothermal energy. Such tools have the potential to decrease both the risk and the cost of future geothermal energy projects.
GEORG leads the dissemination work package and is leading actions in other work packages, namely in the GECO technology deployment and project management along with the coordinator, Reykjavik Energy (OR).
In March 2019, GECO held its General Assembly in Pamukkale, Turkey, where a visit to the Kizildere geothermal powerplant, one of GECO demonstration sites took place. It was followed by a successful first workshop in October 2019 organised by GEORG in Bochum, Germany in collaboration with Hochschule Bochum’s International Geothermal Research Centre (now operating under Fraunhofer IEG).
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 81816.