Groundbreaking ceremony for the drilling site of the Eavor-Loop™ project in Geretsried
- Start of construction of the world’s first Eavor-LoopTM in Geretsried (Bavaria)
- Gradual expansion for long-term sustainable heat utilization in the region
The ceremonial groundbreaking for the construction of the drilling site in Geretsried today marked the official start of construction of the world’s first commercial geothermal project using Eavor-Loop™ technology.
The next chapter of the energy revolution is being written in Geretsried. With the Eavor-Loop™ method, the world’s first commercially operated geothermal plant is being built using the new and innovative closed loop technology.
Daniel Mölk, Managing Director of Eavor Erdwärme Geretsried GmbH, says: “This lighthouse project is intended to serve as a pioneer for a massive expansion of deep geothermal energy in Germany and Europe, with the potential to make a significant contri-bution to energy security and climate neutrality.”
In a first construction phase, an Eavor-Loop™ will be built for power generation. Eavor is thus demonstrating the feasibility and predictability of its technological concept for the first time in Europe. In the medium term, the plant is to be expanded to include several Eavor Loops with the aim of being able to supply the region with clean and safe heat sustainably and economically.
“I am delighted that Eavor has chosen Geretsried as the site for its first commercial project worldwide. Having experienced two failed attempts, we are eager to see how the project progresses. For our region and for Bavaria, the use of geothermal energy is an essential step for the success of the energy transition and locally for the regional supply of climate-friendly heat,” commented the first mayor of Geretsried, Michael Müller.
“We are proud to be visible far beyond our region with this largest renewable energy project in the district and to be technologically at the forefront of the energy turnaround with Eavor’s Closed Loop™” says the district administrator of the Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen district, Josef Niedermaier.
The start of construction work for the drilling sites for the simultaneous use of two deep dril-ling rigs is unique and marks the beginning of the use of this technological innovation. The Eavor-Loop™ uses the natural heat of the earth like an underground heat exchanger. An environmentally neutral heat medium is heated by the earth and circulates in a closed net-work of boreholes. This is unique in geothermal energy and provides a reliable and consi-stent source of energy. Eavor’s technology eliminates the discovery risk and is also, pre-dictable, baseload capable and safe. An Eavor-Loop™ can be installed almost anywhere at the point of need and provide reliable power and heat.
Leading drilling, engineering and technology company KCA Deutag has announced that it has signed a contract with EAVOR ERDWÄRME GERETSRIED GmbH to provide two drilling rigs for the construction of Eavor’s first commercial Eavor-Loop™ system.