Contracting Party:   Bureau de recherches géologiques et miniéres (BRGM), France

Executive Committee Member:   Philippe Rocher, BRGM, France

Alternate Member:   Philippe Laplaige, ADEME, France

France has been developing geothermal energy for many years with direct use operations in the Paris sedimentary basin and in Aquitaine region since 1961.

In 1986 a geothermal power plant was installed in Bouillante (Guadeloupe, French West indies) with a second unit commencing operation in 2004.

Surface exploration studies and exploration drilling have been conducted in the French West Indies and in La Reunion Island.

The Soultz-sous-Forêts power development and the ECOGI industrial heat development in Rittershoffen are operational in the Alsace region.

More than 200,000 geothermal or ground-source heat pumps have been installed in France.

2015 France Country Report