ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Romania handed over the Energy Globe Award 2022 to ELI-NP for its Infrastructure-in-use geothermal plant project


Gerd Bommer, Head of ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Romania handed over the Energy Globe Award 2022 to Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics Center (ELI-NP) for their ELI-NP Infrastructure-in-use geothermal plant project.

After the handing over and a very interesting tour of the facilities with ELI-NPs specialists, we were delighted to enjoy an evening of networking with Austrian companies activating on the renewable energy market, the ingenious staff of ELI-NP, as well as Romanian companies and guests.

Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics Center (ELI-NP) is currently the most advanced research infrastructure in the world in the field of photonuclear physics.

The ELI-NP buildings are engineered and equipped according to the latest technologies, to the highest standards to meet the process and environmental requirements. The shallow geothermal system is installed on a plot of 27.000 sqm, has a length of 135 km, and 1080 drills deep of 120 m each. The total installed thermal capacity is higher than 6.2 MW. The shallow geothermal system provides the buildings with all the energy necessary for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, hot water, and technological cooling water. The system doesn't use fossil fuels as energy source, the main energy source for both heating and cooling (including technological cooling) is geothermal energy, equipment being powered by electricity. Thus, the shallow geothermal HVAC system installed at ELI-NP is environment friendly with low CO2 emissions, being as well one of the key factors leading to low energy consumption.

With more than 180 participating countries, the Energy Globe Award is the most important environmental award worldwide. Every year, around 2000 to 3000 projects from all over the world are submitted, ranging from small and simple initiatives to large scale high-end ones.

The national winners of the Energy Globe Award are published in cooperation with UNIDO at The national winners have one thing in common: all of them have understood that the environment is not protected by words but by action! Each one of us can contribute!

National Award Ceremonies are organized by ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA.
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