EuroWorkshop: Geology and the energy transition


23 May 2019


Delft, the Netherlands


CHPM2030 project, Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands (KNGMG), European Federation of Geologists (EFG)






TNO Geological Survey of the Netherlands & Deltares


EuroWorkshops are a platform to support the continuous professional development (CPD) for geologists worldwide and specifically in Europe, that the EFG proposes to European Geologist title holders and all other geoscientists. These activities will intensify the professional exchange of ideas and the contacts between geologists from all over Europe and will also strengthen the context in which we work within the EFG family. 

The EuroWorkshops also provide applied training for students and young professionals, by offering special conditions for them. A key objective of the EFG is to lower the threshold for attending such events for students. It is the vision and mission of EFG, that by creating access for young geologists to such events they become familiar with the professional world of geology. European Geologists in return will have the chance to meet young geologists with new ideas while maintaining their knowledge and expanding their experience. All the EuroWorkshops are CPD certified.


The European Federation of Geologists (EFG), the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands (KNGMG) and CHPM2030 (a Horizon 2020 project) will jointly organise a EuroWorkshop on Geology and the energy transition on May 23, 2019 in Delft, the Netherlands. 

An optional fieldtrip “Exploring the Anthropocene”, on the Sedimentary dynamics of the Dutch coast – showing how the current Dutch landscape was formed during the Holocene sea level rise – will be organised on May 24, 2019.

The 77th EFG Council meeting will be held on May 25 and 26, 2019 in Delft (for EFG delegates only).

The world is changing, the energy industry is changing, and geologist needs to change with it. As we consider renewable energies, new models on how to distribute energy to its users, policies to encourage initiatives and our remaining dependency on the traditional energy industry, it remains uncertain how our society will come through the energy transition and where geoscientists will fit in the mix. Will they still have a central role and how will geoscientists adapt to this new world?

The world is trying to find a way through these issues by diversifying into different types of energy, such as biofuels, hydrogen, solar and wind. We will show examples that geoscientists are showing the path on how renewable energy benefits from the knowledge of geoscientists. This geological knowledge enables a durable and safe transition.



The aim of this EuroWorkshop is to provide insights into the energy transition and how it has affected geosciences. The first session will be discussing the European policies that have been adopted to encourage the energy transition to gain an understanding of how these policies will provide directions for future developments: “Policy discussed by policymakers”.

The aim for the afternoon is to present actual projects where geoscience plays a key role in the realisation of the energy transition: “Projects presented by geologists for geologists”.

Furthermore, it is our aim that the provided information and knowledge will improve our understanding of the future role geoscientists have to play in the energy transition, facilitate cross-fertilisation between different scientific areas and contribute to the objective to bring our society a step closer to reaching the goal of zero CO2 emissions.

8:30-9:00 – Registration


Morning Session – EU Energy Policy discussed by policymakers

09:00 – Opening speech – Lucia van Geuns (KNGMG President)

09:15 – Geology and the energy transition – Vítor Correia (EFG President)

09:45 – Coffee break

10:10 – EC and the energy transitionHaitze Siemers (Head of Unit ‘New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal’, DG ENER, European Commission)

10:25 – The subsurface at our service – Ruud Cino (Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Change)

10:40 – The R&I frontiers as envisaged by the European Technology & Innovation Platform on Deep Geothermal – Adele Manzella (Geophysicist- Geothermal coordination, Italian National Research Council (CNR))

10:55 – Panel Discussion chaired by Lucia van Geuns (KNGMG President)

11:45 – Poster presentations Results from student projects at Dutch Universities (e.g. DUT and UU) on the energy transition

12:00 – Lunch break


Afternoon Session I – CHPM2030 – Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction from ultra-deep ore bodies

CHPM2030 aims to develop a novel and potentially disruptive technology solution that can help satisfy the European needs for energy and strategic metals in a single interlinked process. This session will include the presentation of the final project results by the project partners.

13:30 – Overview of the CHPM2030 project results – Éva Hartai, Tamás Madarász (CHPM2030 project coordinators, University of Miskolc)

13:55 – Metal content mobilisation from deep ore bodies – Chris Rochelle (British Geological Survey)

14:20 – Metal recovery from geothermal fluids – Xochitl Dominguez, Jan Fransaer (VITO)

14:45 – Salt gradient power generation by reverse electrodialysis – Joost Helsen (VITO)

15:10 – Coffee break 

15:40 – System integration and conceptual framework for the CHPM plant – Árni Ragnarsson (Iceland GeoSurvey)

16:05 – Economic and environmental aspects of the CHPM technology – Wojtech Wertich, Máté Osvald (MinPol, University of Szeged)

16:30 – 2030 and 2050 Roadmaps for the CHPM technology – Tamás Miklovicz (La Palma Research Centre)


Afternoon session II – Geosciences in the energy transition 

Projects presented by geologists for geologists

13:30 – Combining geologic CO2 storage with geothermal power generation and subsurface energy storage – Martin Saar (ETH Zurich, CO2 POWER)

14:00 – Revealing governing mechanisms in hydraulic stimulation of geothermal reservoirs by mathematical and numerical modelling – Inga Berre (University of Bergen)

14:20 – GEOCOND- Advanced materials and processes to improve performance and cost-efficiency of Shallow Geothermal systems and UTES. An European project to increase the performance and impact of the SGEs – Jose Manuel Cuevas Castell (Technical University of Valencia)

14:40 – Subsurface Energy Storage and Buffering (ATES and Shallow Geothermal Plants) – David Klemetz (WSP Sweden)

15:00 – Coffee break

15:20 – Offshore Foundations – Key Geotechnical and Geological  Uncertainties – Kenneth Gavin (TU Delft)

15:40 – Geotechnical surveying and soil testing for solar projects – Ramón Perez (Tecsolgeo)

16:00 – Raw materials for the energy transition, existing data harmonization problems in Europe and possible solutions, recent results from ORAMA project – Perttu Mikkola (Geological Survey of Finland)

16:20 – CO2 storage for completing the energy transition – Rowena Stead, Ton Wildenburg (BRGM/TNO)

16:40 – Geothermal Energy and Societytbc


17:00 – Wrap-up of both afternoon sessions – Marko Komac (EFG President elect)


17:10-18:30 – Drinks and networking event

19:00-             Dinner at Lijm en Cultuur, Rotterdamseweg 272, 2628 AT Delft (not included in the EuroWorkshop fee)


Haitze Siemers

Mr. Haitze Siemers, Head of Unit “New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal”, DG Energy, has been working for the European Commission since 1993. He started his career on EU-Japan relations, both in Brussels and in Tokyo, followed by work in trade policy leading in particular the development of the European Commission’s trade policy dialogue with civil society. After a stint in consumer policy, Mr. Siemers joined the team developing a blueprint for Europe’s Maritime Policy. From 2008 to 2018, Mr. Siemers led a number of different teams in DG MARE on the development of Blue Growth strategies, EU legislation on Maritime Spatial Planning, the EU’s International Ocean Governance Strategy, and innovation, research and investments. As of June 2018, Mr. Siemers took on his current function at the helm of Unit C2 in DG ENER.



Ruud Cino

Ruud Cino is qualified as a chartered accountant and is currently employed at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. He is responsible for the policy concerning the oil, gas and other mining sectors. His professional interests focus on the position of the oil and gas sector in the energy transition and the decomissioning and re-use of oil and gas facilities and infrastructure. Before Mr. Cino joined the Ministry of Economic Affairs he served at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment where he was responsible for the policy on soil and water quality.  



Adele Manzella

Adele Manzella is Senior Scientist and works as a geophysicist in geothermal exploration to conduct field and theoretical investigations of geothermal systems in Italy and abroad. She received her M.Sc. at Padua University in 1985, and took graduate courses in geophysics at University of Berkeley, USA, in 1986-1987. She worked in seismology, numerical modeling for seismic and electromagnetism. Her main fields of activities have been: magnetotelluric surveys in tectonically active regions of Italy (CROP crustal projects, Vesuvius and Etna volcanoes) and Bohemia (Czech Republic); groundwater exploration using electromagnetic methods in Tuscany and Sardinia (Italy); geothermal exploration as a geophysicist, conducting magnetotelluric surveys and theoretical investigation of geothermal systems in Italy, Tibet, Iceland, Australia, Sri Lanka; integration of different geothermal exploration methods for reservoir characterization, and feasibility studies for geothermal plants. She coordinated for CNR the Italian geothermal evaluation projects VIGOR and Geothermal Atlas of Southern Italy, and led the participation of CNR and was WP leader in most EU projects dedicated to geothermal energy of CNR, regarding exploration methods development, coordination of research efforts and geothermal networking, and promotion and support for the development of geothermal energy. In the recent years she expanded her interest also to the social aspects of geothermal energy, and edited the first book entirely dedicated to this topic. She participates to the Steering Committee of the European Technology & Innovation Platform of Deep Geothermal energy (ETIP DG) and its Secretariat, coordinating the preparation of strategic documents, the first being its Vision published on March 2018. She represents CNR within the SET-PLAN European Energy Research Alliance-Joint Program Geothermal Energy (EERA-JPGE), the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) and the International Geothermal Association (IGA).  Author and co-author of publications on national and international scientific journals and proceedings of conferences/workshop, convener at national and international conferences, lecturer in international geothermal courses, conferences, schools and workshops, and reviewer for many international journals in geophysics and geothermal exploration research.



Martin Saar

Prof. Martin Saar is the chair of the Geothermal Energy and Geofluids (GEG) group in the Department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The GEG group investigates reactive subsurface multiphase, multicomponent fluid and energy transfer, addressing fundamental to applied research questions, such as groundwater and hydrocarbon flow, geologic CO2 storage, and geothermal energy utilization – typically combining these topics in joint projects (see also talk title). The 30-researcher GEG group includes geoscientists from various fields and engineers as well as mathematicians and computer scientists, employing numerical, laboratory, and field techniques to tackle these research and often societal problems. Prof. Saar received his Pre-Diploma in 1995 in Geology from the University of Freiburg, Germany, his MSc. in 1998 in Geology from the University of Oregon, USA, and his Ph.D. in 2003 in Earth and Planetary Sciences (Geophysics) from UC Berkeley, USA. He was then the Turner Postdoctoral Fellow in 2003-2004 at the University of Michigan, USA, and then the Gibson Chair for Hydrogeology and Geofluids as well as a Geology and Geophysics Assistant, Associate, and eventually Full Professor at the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, USA, from 2005 through 2014. Since 2015, he has been at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, where he founded the GEG group, which is endowed by the Werner Siemens Foundation. In 2018, Prof. Saar co-founded the company CO2 POWER with the mission to help implement CO2-based geothermal power generation and CO2-based energy storage. For more information, please see: 



Inga Berre

Inga Berre is Professor at the Department of Mathematics, University of Bergen. Her main research interests are mathematical modelling, partial differential equations and numerical methods, in particular motivated by simulation of flow, transport and geo-mechanical processes in geothermal systems. Berre is currently chair of the Joint Program Geothermal, European Energy Research Alliance.



Jose Manuel Cuevas Castell

Doctor in Geology at the University of Hamburg (Germany) and degree in Geology at Granada University (Spain). He was head of the Natural Stone Laboratory of AIDICO in Spain from  2007-2015. His main research lines are related to the evaluation and the enhancement of shallow geothermal systems and the characterization and analysis of stone materials and industrial rocks. He has actively participated in several European research project for the enhancement of the efficiency of shallow geothermal systems and GSHP, such as MESSIB, GEOCOND, CHEAP-GSHP, etc. The development of new materials to increase the overall performance of those systems has been his main activity in the last years participating as research fellow in the Technical University of Valencia (SPAIN). Mapping and integration of geological stings in the studies of SGE is also one of the principal research lines trying to integrate the geological information to the design and simulating tools for those shallow energy systems.



Ken Gavin

Ken holds the Chair in Subsurface Engineering at TU Delft which covers research and teaching in the areas of foundation systems and the use of underground space. He has over 25 years’ experience in research and consulting in offshore foundation systems. Recent projects include the  full-scale, proof of concept trials of a novel twisted jacket structure, the development of a gravity base system for offshore wind and an efficient anchor system for floating offshore structures. He was a member of the academic working group for the Joint Industry PISA project that developed a new approach for the design of monopile foundations for the offshore wind sector. His talk will consider key geotechnical and geological uncertainties remaining for foundations in the offshore wind sector.


Ton Wildenborg

Ton Wildenborg is a senior geoscientist at TNO with over 30 years of experience in subsurface applications for disposal and storage; since the mid-nineties he worked on CO2 storage projects dealing with capacity estimation, risk management and regulation. He received his Master’s Degree in Earth Sciences at Utrecht University in 1982. In the same year he started a PhD research project which was successfully defended in 1990. He was one of the lead authors of the IPCC Special report on CO2 Capture and Storage. Currently he is involved in developing plans for CO2 transport and storage plans to meet the Dutch CO2 emission reduction targets. Until recently he was president of the CO2GeoNet Association.



Fees for the Euroworkshop, 23 May 2019

Type of registration

Rate for the EuroWorkshop


CHPM partners


Directly paid by the project

EurGeol title holders

25 EUR



25 EUR

Students need to provide proof of registration at an University

Members of a National Association (e.g. KNGMG) and an EFG member

45 EUR


Special offer for Dutch participants that are not a member of the KNGMG

90 EUR

This will include access to the workshop and the annual membership fee for 2019 of the KNGMG

All other participants

90 EUR


The fee for the Euroworkshop includes access, refreshments during the breaks, lunch and closing drinks.


Fee for the EuroWorkshop dinner, 23 May 2019

Type of registration



All participants or accompanying persons

60 EUR

Seating for the dinner may be limited. Please specify any dietary requirements during registration


Fee for the Excursion, 24 May 2019

Type of registration



All participants or accompanying persons

60 EUR

Number of participants is limited to approx. 40.

The fee for the excursion includes bus travel, refreshments and lunch, and an excursion guide.


This event is supported by:


This event is sponsored by: 

TNO Geological Survey of the Netherlands



25-26 May 2019: the 77th EFG Spring Council meeting


The Council meeting will be held at Science Center in Delft (EFG delegates only & invited observers).



Science Center of Delft University of Technology 

Mijnbouwstraat 120, 2628 RX Delft, the Netherlands

Tel: +31 15 278 5200


Friday 24 May 2019

20.00 – Welcoming drinks for Delegates (Cafe Labs, Stieltjesweg 226), including the annual EFG wine contest, which is open for 3 categories, brewed, fermented and distilled. The welcoming drinks are offered to the delegates and EFG board by your host, the KNGMG.


Saturday 25 May 2019

09.00-18.00 – Council meeting (coffee, tea, refreshments and buffet style lunch)

19.00 – Dinner (WhoosahZwarte Pad 66, 2586 JM Den Haag) by invitation only, offered to the delegates and EFG board by TNO-Geological Survey of the Netherlands


Sunday 26 May 2019

09:00-13:00  – Council meeting (coffee, tea and refreshments)



The location is in the former faculty of Mining Engineering in Delft, a historic building dating from the start of the 20th century, specially built to house to universities collection of minerals and rocks. Recently the building was transformed to house the Science Center, a new facility to engage the public and specifically young people in science. Part of the Science Center are the unique meeting rooms that have been preserved in the original look and feel of the academic environment of the early 20th century.






Science Center of Delft University of Technology

Mijnbouwstraat 120, 2628 RX Delft, the Netherlands

Tel: +31 15 278 5200


Delft is a city in the province of South Holland, Netherlands. It is located between Rotterdam, to the southeast, and The Hague, to the northwest, and is part of the larger metropolitan area the Randstad. Delft has geosciences in its name. The word ‘Delf’, comes from the word ‘delven’, meaning digging, and led to the name Delft. Referring to the digging the canals for water management enabling the growth of the city as a trade post and academic centre.


A view of Delft, by Johannes Vermeer.


Delft is a popular tourist attraction due to its picturesque old town and many landmark buildings dating from the 17th century Golden Age. It is home to Delft University of Technology, regarded as an excellent centre of technological research and development in the Netherlands, Delft Blue pottery and the currently reigning House of Oranje-Nassau. Delft has a special place in the history of microbiology, thanks to the pioneering contributions of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and Martinus Beijerinck. Furthermore, Delft is the hometown of Johannes Vermeer one of the famous Dutch painters of the Golden Age.

Getting there and away.

The Netherlands can be easily reached by plane. The Airport of Amsterdam (Schiphol) has daily flights to the corners of the world. From the Schiphol it is most convenient to travel by train to Delft. This will take you 40-60 minutes depending on the time of day and available service. The main train station of Delft has recently been upgraded and is situated in the centre of town. Trains to Delft depart between 06.00 AM and midnight every 15 minutes and every hour between 02.00 and 05.00 AM (visit for information on departure times. Depart: Schiphol airport Arrival: Delft). Do note that train delays are not uncommon. Typically, delays are limited to 5-10 minutes and delays exceeding 30 minutes are exceptional.

Taxis are very expensive in the Netherlands, while travelling by public transportation is safe and relatively cheap. Uber is active in the Netherlands and provides the advantage of having a fixed price before departing.

An alternative airport to arrive is The Hague-Rotterdam Airport which is very close to Delft. However limited flights arrive here. One of the primary airlines that uses this airport is Transavia ( There are regular line-busses to Delft.

There are two high-speed train connections, Thalys (Paris/Brussels – Rotterdam) and the Eurostar (London – Rotterdam). Do note that you will have to transfer in Rotterdam to a regular service between Rotterdam and Delft.

Staying in Delft

Delft has many hotels and Bed & Breakfast accommodations. Do note prices will rise over time. Early booking is recommended, the price range is approximately 75-125 EUR a night and could double for last minute bookings. Delft is a popular venue for symposia and conferences, so hotel accommodations can fill-up quickly for certain periods.

The city centre has ample accommodations. The venue for the workshop and the council meeting is situated just outside the city centre, within walking distance.

Alternative locations to stay are The Hague and Rotterdam. You should take into consideration a travel time of an hour to reach the venue. provides a good overview of the available accommodations. If an accommodation is unavailable on it could be worthwhile contacting the hotel directly. Hotels tend to withhold rooms for direct reservations to avoid paying fees to online reservation sites, such as

Getting around

Almost everybody in the Netherlands speaks English. Do note that the level of proficiency varies, and the pronunciation and clarity could be an issue. You will manage.

Most hotels will provide rental bikes, which are an easy and quick way to go from one location to the next. Due to the flat landscape bike riding is easy and not strenuous. However, cycling during rush hour can be stressful since most (students) cyclists bend the traffic rules to their advantage. When using a bike always lock the bike. Bike theft is the number one crime in Delft.

Walking is an easy alternative in Delft, to give an idea of scale one can cross through Delft City centre easily in 25 minutes from North to South. From Delft train station to the venue is about 15 minutes’ walk.

There are regular buses from the train station to the venue (e.g. Busses 40, 55, 69, 174, ask for directions to the first bus at the station), your stop is Julianalaan, Delft. The bus will take 4 minutes. A 2-minute walk will bring you to the venue. Buses can be extremely busy before 09.00 with many students travelling to the university (classes commence at 09.15).

Safety and Security

The Netherlands in general and Delft, in particular, are very safe. However, crime does occur. Criminals tend to look for soft targets, such as solo travellers. Be aware of your surroundings, prevent isolation, watch your luggage and do not respond to any unusual requests. Officials are easily recognizable and generally friendly and helpful. If they contact you, they will always identify themselves and will never ask for money.

Terror threat is substantial and comparable with countries like Belgium, Germany, Denmark. Regular updates are provided by the government on

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The purpose of this data collection is to ensure a smooth organisation of the EuroWorkshop on “Geology and the energy transition” on 23 May 2019 and provide participants access to the venue.

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