Norwegian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research
Norwegian Center for Geothermal Energy Research (CGER) was established in 2009. The Center, which has partners from all over Norway, is based in Bergen with NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS (NORCE) as the Host Institution. CGER gathers key research and industrial partners, and builds a platform which strengthens national cooperation in research and technology development within geothermal energy research and development.
Gethermal heat may be used for both power production and heating or cooling. Nationally, heating and cooling in an energy system perspective is most appliccable due to low geothermal gradient. Norway is also in a position to contribute to global efforts in power production through technology transfer from petroleum exploration and production.
Geothermal resources have great potential as nearly emission-free energy source. Per definition, geothermal energy is the energy stored in form of heat below the earth's surface. The amount of energy stored in the earth equals 15 million annual consumptions.