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Geothermal Energy: A bet on the future – International Seminar

13th December 2017


8:45 Participants accreditation 

9:15 Opening session 

Vitor Figueiredo, Mayor of S. Pedro do Sul

Mário Guedes, General Director of Energy and Geology

10:00 Presentation of the Publication – Geothermal Energy – Renewable Energy in Portugal 

Carla Lourenço, Head of Department, General Directorate of Energy and Geology (DGEG)

10:15 Potential of Geothermal use in Mainland Portugal 

Teresa Cunha and José Cruz, Hydrogeological and Geothermal Resources Department (DGEG)

10:30 Geothermal resources in Azores 

Andreia Carreiro, Regional Energy Director, representing the Government of the Azores

10:45 Geothermal Energy in Madeira 

Agostinho Figueira, representative of Madeira Electricity Company

11:00 Coffee Break 

11:15 Panel I – Case Studies of Geothermal Uses in Portugal 

Moderator – (…)

Geothermal Uses in S. Pedro do Sul: Current situation and prospective for the future 

L. M. Ferreira Gomes, Technical Director of S. Pedro do Sul Spa, professor of Beira Interior University

40 Years of Geothermal Energy in Portuguese Spas: The of Caldas de Chaves Case 

J. Martins de Carvalho, representative of Chaves Municipality

Shallow Geothermal System of Ombria Resort 

Nuno Sousa, Technical Consultant of Quinta da Ombria / SYNEGE

Debate 15 min.

12:15 Percent – promotion of energy efficiency with renewable energies 

Armando Pinto, researcher at the National Civil Engineering Laboratory

12:30 Lunch Break 

14:00 Panel II – Geothermal Recourses Worldwide 

Moderator – Prof. Alcides Pereira , Portuguese Association of Geologists

Speaker of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – Global Geothermal Allience

Public policies for shallow geothermal energy: results from the GRETA project 

Project GRETA Co-author, Matteo Rivoire

Debate 15 min.

15:00 Panel III – Geothermal uses in Europe 

Moderator – Prof. Luís Coelho, Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal

Speaker of the Spanish Geothermal Platform (GEOPLAT)

Geothermal Energy – The Italian Experience 

Marcello Saralli, Director of Mines, Hydrocarbons and Georesources Unit of the Italian Directorate for Security, Mines and Energy (DGS-UNMIG)

Developing the Geothermal Resource – the Icelandic Example 

Guöni A. Johannesson, General Director of Iceland’s National Energy Authority

Debate 15 min.

16:15 Coffee Break 

16:30 Panel IV – Companies and Investment in Geothermal Energy in Europe 

Moderator – Prof. Mário Machado Leite, National Laboratory for Energy and Geology (LNEG)

Geothermal challenges in Azores – the present and the future 

Duarte Ponte, President of Electricity of Azores (EDA)

Speaker from National Entity for the Electric Energy of Italy (ENEL)

Speaker form Portuguese Investment Bank (BPI)

Debate 15 min.

17:30 Presentation of the submission guidelines for Innovation Support Fund (FAI) call 

Sebastião O. Carneiro, FAI Executive Committee

18:00 Closing Session 

Teresa Ponce de Leão, President of the National Laboratory for Energy and Geology (LNEG)

Intervention of the Secretary of State for Energy, Jorge Seguro Sanches

Intervention of the Secretary of State for Truism, Ana Mendes Godinho

18:30 Visit to the geothermal facilities of S. Pedro do Sul (optional)


13th December 2017
Event Category:


Direcçao Geral de Energia e Geologia and Fondo de Apoio à Inovaçao


Auditório do Hotel do Parque
Termas de São Pedro do Sul
São Pedro do Sul, Portugal
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