Spanish Geothermal Technology Platform (Geoplat)
Sponsor: Spanish Geothermal Technology Platform (Geoplat)
Executive Committee Member: Margarita de Gregorio, Geoplat, Spain
Alternate Member: Raúl Hidalgo, Petratherm España, S.L., Spain
The Spanish Renewable Energy Association (APPA) comprises more than five hundred companies operating in the renewable energy sector. Created in 1987, it is the only national industrial association in this field that covers all the renewables: Biomass and Biogas, Wind Energy, Small Wind Energy, Solar Photovoltaic, Solar Thermoelectric, Hydropower, Marine Energy and Geothermal Energy (High and Low Enthalpy). APPA aims to help create the conditions for development of renewable sources of energy, dialoguing with public and private entities (agencies, environmental organizations, trade unions, etc.) on the various aspects involved in its activity.
APPA Geothermal Departments (High and Low Enthalpy) have among their members, in addition to the most important companies in this field, the support of regional organizations in the energy field.
The general objectives of both, APPA High Enthalpy Geothermal Department and APPA Low Enthalpy Geothermal Department, include: to propose improvements for the geothermal development legal framework; to coordinate legislation among the different Spanish Autonomous Regions; European and International lobbying; to establish specific investigation support lines and financing mechanisms to increase geothermal business attractiveness in Spain; and to work with governments and public institutions in order to achieve the Spanish Geothermal 2020 objectives.
In addition, the GEOPLAT Secretariat is managed by APPA Geothermal. The Spanish Geothermal Technology Platform, or GEOPLAT, is a scientific-technical sectorial coordination group consisting of all relevant stakeholders in the Spanish geothermal energy sector. The activities carried out within the Spanish Geothermal Technology Platform aim to provide a framework within which all sectors involved in the development of geothermal energy, led by industry, work together in a coordinated way to ensure the commercial establishment of this renewable energy and its continuous growth, in a competitive and sustainable form. GEOPLAT covers all R&D activities associated with the identification and evaluation of resources, as it covers the use of this renewable energy and its technology. GEOPLAT is a tool of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, MINECO. Also, it has the support of the Spanish Institute for Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE) and the Spanish Centre for Industrial Technology Development (CDTI). For more information about GEOPLAT, see: www.geoplat.org/main_in.html (in English).