The partners used their partner meeting in the Weisweiler district of the city of Eschweiler near Aachen for a comprehensive program.
First, the project was put on the home stretch and the last open milestones were discussed and targeted. An excursion to the nearby Hastenrath quarry gave the opportunity to look at the carbonates that lie beneath large parts of northwestern Europe at depths of up to 5 kilometers. The thermal water they carry, with its temperature of up to 150 degrees Celsius, could be the basis for a local, sustainable and affordable heat supply in northwestern Europe.
The nearby open-pit mine of the partner RWE Power impresses with its sheer size. For 50 years, local lignite has supplied Germany with electricity and heat. By 2030, the mine and adjacent power plant will be shut down to make way for carbon dioxide-free energy technologies, such as wind turbines and photovoltaic panels, which have already been and are being built around the mine.
The project's exploratory well will be drilled in Weisweiler over the next few months. The rock properties at a depth of one kilometer are to be explored in this way. The partners have informed the local representatives of administration, politics, associations, and authorities about the current status of the preparations.