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Geoenergyleap – Low-Carbon Energy from the Earth

Geoenergy, derived from the Earth’s crust, plays a crucial role in addressing the challenges posed by the clean energy transition. The cross-regional Geoenergyleap project aims to promote a shift that enhances regional energy self-sufficiency and security by utilizing low-carbon geothermal energy.

Branch: Digitalisation

Duration: 1.1.2024-30.6.2026

Region: Central Ostrobothnia / National / North Ostrobothnia

Financed by: Co-funded by the European Union. Keski-Pohjanmaan liitto. Kuntarahoitus.

Budget: Research & Development: 348 390 € (EU 278 792 ). Investments: 247 944 € (EU 173 561 €).

Project Manager: Valtteri Saviluoto

To mitigate climate change, the use of high-carbon energy sources is being reduced. For regions, especially those transitioning away from peat-based energy, this shift may pose economic challenges due to job losses. To replace these energy sources, we need low-carbon alternatives, such as geothermal energy extracted from the Earth, and more efficient utilization of it for heat production. In the current global context, achieving better energy self-sufficiency and security within regions through low-carbon geothermal energy is essential. To reach these goals, Finland needs more experts in geothermal energy planning and practical implementation, including drilling.

The Geoenergyleap project, co-funded by the European Union, involves collaboration between institutions such as the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), Centria University of Applied Sciences, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, University of Oulu, and South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences. Together, we aim to meet the demand for low-carbon energy expertise and alleviate the regional economic impacts of transitioning away from peat. We are establishing permanent geothermal test sites and research wells in project regions, while also developing measurement and modeling techniques to better assess the potential yield of geothermal wells across different geographical areas.

Centria’s role in the project is to research, develop, and disseminate new expertise by creating and testing technical solutions. Through these solutions and knowledge, we strive to increase awareness and interest in geothermal energy and encourage its adoption as a low-carbon energy solution.

Total budget of the project:
Development section (total budget, including self-financing): 2,139,623 €.
EU co-funding to be applied for the development section: 1,712,515 €.
Investment section (total budget, including self-financing): 1,270,658 €.
EU co-funding to be applied for the investment section: 889 459 €.

Lead Partner:
Geological Survey of Finland (Geologian Tutkimuskeskus GTK)

XAMK University of Applied Sciences
Oulu University
Oulu University of Applied Sciences
Centria University of Applied Sciences

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