The Oireachtas Library & Research Service (L&RS) has published a new Spotlight examining driving forces incentivising geothermal energy in Europe and the barriers to its development in Ireland.
The research paper explores the potential of geothermal energy as a clean, sustainable source of renewable energy generation that can contribute to meeting Ireland’s 2030 and 2050 climate objectives as set out by Ireland’s National Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030 and the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021. Unlike other renewable energy technologies, geothermal energy can provide a stable and continuous baseload power regardless of weather conditions.
The paper was authored by Dr Nicholas Vafeas during his time as researcher in residence with the L&RS in 2021. Dr Vafeas is one of six researchers seconded to the Houses of the L&RS as part of the SFI (Science Foundation Ireland) public fellowship programme.