Shallow geothermal utilisation at low temperatures and depths of up to 400 meters - based on ground-source heat pumps and groundwater heat pump systems - represents a key technology for heating and cooling amongst renewables. The project Shallow Geothermal Energy Planning, Assessement and Mapping Strategies in Central Europe - GeoPLASMA-CE addresses this topic and intends to foster the market share of these techniques for heating and cooling. 

The project aims at transferring knowledge from scientific experts to public authorities and related entities in the participating countries. In addition, it intends to implement shallow geothermal use in local and regional energy planning strategies in six specific pilot areas.

GeoPLASMA-CE will produce a transnational, web-based platform for knowledge transfer, which covers decision support tools for the visualisation of geothermal potentials and risks of conflicts. It furthermore implements a communication platform in order to transfer the joint knowledge to other regions of central Europe.  GeoPLASMA-CE will achieve detailed energy planning strategies for the selected six pilot areas based on state of the art management concepts of shallow geothermal methods. The project will also produce harmonised transnational standards regarding the planning, assessment, management and monitoring of shallow geothermal use in central Europe.

Mission and vision

GeoPLASMA-CE aims to foster the share of shallow geothermal use in heating and cooling strategies in central Europe. Geothermal methods are a locally available, endogenous heat source not affected by emissions, which is a present and future key technology in order to reduce emissions hazardous to climate and air quality. The project intends to create a web-based interface between geoscientific experts and public as well as private stakeholders to make the existing know-how about resources and risks associated to geothermal use accessible for territorial energy planning and management strategies in Central Europe.

GeoPLASMA-CE in numbers






Pilot Actions



Pilot area vienna
Area: 220 km2
Population: 339,356

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GeoPLASMA-CE in Vienna (Austria) focuses on the challenges of geothermal use of groundwater in the city districts 21 and 22. The pilot area covers parts of the groundwater body Marchfeld, which already host many shallow geothermal applications. Growing numbers of single installations will influence each other and prevent a sustainable use of groundwater for heating and cooling. 

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Vienna Pilot area

Vienna Pilot area

Pilot area ljubljana
Area: 275 km2
Population: 287,000

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The objective of the project activities in Ljubljana pilot area (Slovenia) is to quantify spatial distribution of shallow geothermal potential for utilisation with ground source heat pumps and integrate this information into development and management strategies of the city with a goal to meet environmental objectives set in the Ljubljana city Sustainable Energy Action Plan 2010 - 2020.

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Ljubljana pilot area

Ljubljana Pilot area

Pilot area Krakow
Area: 326,9 km2
Population: 762,448

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Krakow city pilot project area (Poland) occupies an area of approx 326,9 km2 and covers the area within the administrative border. Krakow is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland with population of 762,448 (as on 30th of June 2016), comprised ca. 2% of the population of Poland and 23% of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship respectively. Krakow is situated by the Vistula (polish Wisła) River. The city stretches from the North to the South approx. 18 km, whereas from the West to the East approx. 31 km. Point of the highest elevation within the city limits to 383 m above sea level.

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Krakow, by Ziarno (Own work), CC BY-SA 3.0 pl, via Wikimedia Commons



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Start Date

1 july 2016

End Date

30 june 2019

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