Our Work

IEA Geothermal promotes international collaboration to foster and enhance the development and sustainable use of geothermal energy.

Activities are chiefly directed towards the sharing of information; developing technologies, techniques and best practices for exploration, development and utilization; and producing and disseminating authoritative information and databases. It currently focuses its efforts on five broad areas:


Working Group

Environmental Impacts of Geothermal Development 1
Direct Use of Geothermal Energy 8
Data Collection and Information 10
Deep Roots of Volcanic Geothermal Systems 12
Emerging Geothermal Technologies 13

The Data Collection and Information group (WG 10) publishes a comprehensive annual trend report on geothermal energy utilisation in IEA Geothermal member countries. These reports provide an excellent overview of the status of geothermal energy in the participant nations.

Publications related to the working groups can be found here. Clicking on the title of each project below will take you to further details and contact information.

Environmental Impacts of Geothermal Development – WG 1

To encourage sustainable development of geothermal energy resources in an economic and environmentally responsible manner. Activities include identifying ways to avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse environmental effects, and quantifying and balancing the adverse and beneficial effects of geothermal energy development.

Direct Use of Geothermal Energy – WG 8

To provide information, communication strategies and transfer knowledge to mitigate barriers and enhance deployment of direct use geothermal energy.  Cooperation, knowledge sharing and increasing the use of existing and new technologies are actively encouraged.

Data Collection and Information – WG 10

Geothermal energy use data, trends and developments in member countries are collated. An The comprehensive annual trend report provides an excellent published overview of the status of geothermal energy utilisation in IEA-GIA participant nations.

Deep Roots of Volcanic Geothermal Systems – WG 12

To advance knowledge on the nature and characteristics of deep heat sources and heat transfer processes in volcanic geothermal systems. Objectives are to collect and disseminate relevant information and to facilitate cooperation between scientists involved in research into improved exploration and modelling methods.

Emerging Geothermal Technologies – WG 13

Encourages cooperative research and collaboration on geothermal exploration, drilling, well logging, reservoir creation, and innovative technical solutions for utilisation of geothermal energy.