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ESMAP’s Geothermal Direct Use program organized a study tour in Iceland where over 40 participants from 14 countries from both mature and emerging markets shared knowledge and experiences on geothermal projects. They attended a half day seminar followed by two days of visits to geothermal facilities. The focus of the tour lies on building a geothermal direct use industry, with presentations on the benefits, the legal framework and the history of geothermal direct use in Iceland.
The activities of the seminar and Study tour helped build capacity with government and technical participants and provided them the tools and knowledge they need to take the next steps in realizing their geothermal direct use potential and goals.
The Geothermal Direct Use program was created as part of the FY21-24 business plan to raise awareness of the value of geothermal direct use in creating and decarbonizing economic activity and to build the enabling environment necessary to scale up its use.
In September 2021, ESMAP collaborated with the International Geothermal Association to host a virtual event to highlight the importance of geothermal resources. The event was attended by a mix of private and public sector participants from 78 countries with more than 280 participants.
Learn more about ESMAP's Geothermal Direct Use Program