iCRAG researcher Dr Nick Vafeas of UCD has published a report into geothermal energy potential in Ireland after completing an SFI Public Service Fellowship Programme. Nick was one of only 12 researchers to be chosen to be part of the Programme, in which Fellows collaborated with State bodies on a variety of research projects. Nick was hosted by the Houses of the Oireachtas Library and Research Service.
The report examines the potential for geothermal energy development in Ireland, and the policies surrounding its development. Geothermal energy uses the natural heat energy of the Earth to create sustainable energy for electricity and heating. The Oireachtas Spotlight report concludes that Geothermal Energy is a real, viable energy source for Ireland and could be pivotal towards achieving Ireland’s emission targets. In order to put such an energy system into practice though, key changes to policy are necessary.