There was a very low level of R&D activity in geothermal energy during the 2004-2010 period. An SEAI-funded report in 2006 kicked off a revival of interest in geothermal energy, and recent SEAI supported research has indicated the potential for economically viable exploitation of deep geothermal energy at depths of 2,500m below the surface.Several Irish universities and institutes have conducted small research projects on shallow geothermal energy, while UCC (in Mallow/Glanworth) and UCD (on campus) have investigated exploitation of deeper resources.
In 2011, SFI awarded over €1M funding to the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies for a geothermal study project, IRETHERM: Developing a strategic and holistic understanding of Ireland's geothermal energy potential through integrated modelling of new and existing geophysical and geological data.
|Key Irish Research Institutions|
|Geothermal Energy Research Funding 2004 - 2010|