Geothermal energy

Geothermal is cheap, reliable and renewable, providing heating, electricity production and cooling, but Europe has never fully realised its potential. [Vadim Sadovski / Shutterstock]

Large-scale geothermal energy has long been constrained to volcanic areas where heat can easily be captured and turned into electricity. Today, breakthroughs in drilling techniques are opening new horizons, offering the prospect of “geothermal anywhere”.

In this special report, EURACTIV looks at the latest developments in geothermal technology and the remaining challenges that need to be addressed before it can become a cheap and reliable source of renewable energy.

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