France

France

Contracting Party: Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie, ADEME, France

Executive Committee Member:  Virginie Schmidlé-Bloch, AFPG, France

Alternate Member:  Christian Boissavy, AFPG, France

Hyperlink to the website of the Association Française des Professionnels de la Géothermie (AFPG).

France has been developing geothermal energy for many years with direct use operations in the Paris sedimentary basin and in the 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