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Key joint EU – Mexico geothermal research project kicks off

Creation date: November 18, 2016

The €20 million GEMex project brings together European and Mexican researchers to explore new sources of geothermal energy. The research cooperation will run for three years under the supervision of INEA.

Andrew Standley, Head of the European Union Delegation to Mexico, and Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico's Energy Secretary, gave a joint announcement on the project's launch yesterday in Morelia.

GEMex will develop innovative methods for accessing the earth's vast resources of heat now trapped in variable geological formations. The ultimate objective is to make this renewable energy source cost-effective and affordable both for electricity and heat production. The project will adhere to the strictest environmental standards and address issues around social acceptance of the technology.

The EU and Mexico contribute equally to the €20 million project. The EU's share comes from Horizon 2020, and the other from Mexico's Fondo de Sustenibilidad Energética (SENER) - Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).

29 partners from Belgium, Germany, Greece, France, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland and United Kingdom will collaborate in the three-year project. INEA will oversee its implementation.

Read the full announcement on the project launch (in Spanish).

Learn more about the GEMex project

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