Summary and objectives
The objective of the GEO ENERGY EUROPE 2 proposal is to assist the European SME member
companies to win business and export to third-country markets. This objective will be accomplished
through the provision of the services below by the GEO ENERGY EUROPE meta-cluster to its Small
and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
1. GeoEnergy Cooperation Agreements – The GEO ENERGY EUROPE metacluster will act
as a pathfinder for its members. It will link with business and research intermediaries
(including cluster or business network organisations, academia, technology centres and
research or economic development organisations) in target countries identified by member
SME’s. The rationale for this is to use these contacts to identify third country collaborative
partners in the target markets outlined above as well as additional third country markets of
opportunity which arise during the duration of the project and beyond. 10 Cooperation
agreements will be concluded between the GEO ENERGY EUROPE meta cluster and
entities in the target third-country markets. This would include building on the
administrative agreement signed between DG Grow and Canada.
2. GeoEnergy Business Agreements – The GEO ENERGY EUROPE meta cluster will
facilitate collaborative business agreements between its member companies and business
(or equivalent) stakeholders in the third country markets. The goal of these agreements will
be to increase exports, investment opportunities, employment and the economic
performance of the SMEs involved. 10 Business Agreements concluded between the
GEO ENERGY EUROPE meta-clusters members and entities in the target third-country
markets during the project period. Additional business agreements will be pursued beyond
the funding period.
3. GeoEnergy Capacity Building – GEO ENERGY EUROPE will provide advice; training and
capacity building supports for its SME member companies. The training and capacity building
content will be delivered flexibly, through workshops, online training webinars and site visits.
Insights relating to the types of content of interest member companies SMEs have been
gained over the first phase of the meta clusters operation. Marketing and branding, market
entry strategies and business to business networking both with companies in the meta cluster
and those based in third-country markets are areas where GEO ENERGY EUROPE
can provide advice and guidance. Beyond these areas, GEO ENERGY EUROPE will identify
and provide training and capacity building training which supports the cross-sectoral
application of the skills of meta-cluster’s member companies in other subsurface industries.
4. GeoEnergy Cross-Sectoral Innovation – Knowledge of the subsurface and its exploitation
for energy and natural resources is a key enabler of sustainable development. The member
companies of the Geo Energy Europe meta cluster are multidisciplinary and have the
requisite skills to diversify their service offer to other sectors that utilise geothermally derived
5. GeoEnergy Communications – GEO ENERGY EUROPE will disseminate details of
procurement opportunities to its member companies. In addition, it will communicate
effectively with key procurers of geothermal and other geo energy-related disciplines in order
to highlight the skills and expertise of its member companies. Crafted internal and externally
facing communication deliverables will highlight the opportunities associated with the export
of geo energy-related services to emerging and mature geo-energy markets. Monthly
bulletins, the display of project case studies on the GEO ENERGY EUROPE website and the
publication of articles in relevant industry publications will serve to promote the visibility of the
meta-cluster’s member companies. Communications pathways such as those provided by
the European Cluster Collaboration Platform will also be capitalised upon in order to
disseminate project activities, workshops and other relevant content.