Regional Cluster workshop: Strategies for future collaboration


Location: Harpa Conference center, Reykjavik.
Date and time: 24th April from 13:00 to 16:30
Registration: Interested participants please contact Vidar Helgason, Managing Director of Iceland Geothermal by email:


Geothermal energy can play a substantial role in addressing the key global challenges of energy security, universal access and climate change, and offers vast local economic opportunities. In this context, geothermal industry clusters will play a critical role to scale up geothermal energy deployment. With the aim to improve business conditions, their role is to provide a forum for the industry to identify and overcome technical and non-technical barriers, to promote industry views towards governmental organisations, and to encourage research and innovation to improve geothermal technologies.

Geothermal industry clusters from Canada, Europe, France, Germany, Iceland, Turkey, and the United States are key partners of the Global Geothermal Alliance, a coalition for action to increase the use of geothermal energy and facilitate the exchange of insights and experience among policy-makers and stakeholders in the geothermal energy value chain.

Bringing together geothermal clusters from all over the world, this Regional Cluster Workshop will discuss strategies that geothermal clusters can jointly develop and support to promote geothermal development globally and identify opportunities for future collaboration.

Taking place under the framework of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA), the event will be coordinated by the geothermal clusters of Iceland, France and Mexico (i.e. Iceland Geothermal, GEODEEP and CeMIEGeo, respectively), with the support of the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Industry partners of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) are encouraged to participate in the event.


The workshop aims at promoting cooperation among national and regional clusters by intensifying business network collaboration across borders and sectoral boundaries. In doing so it will promote the existing strategic cluster partnerships and further strengthen international cooperation in new areas, e.g. technical and business development, innovation, mitigation of environmental and social impacts and community development, thereby facilitating the integration of international companies into the global value chains.


The workshop will be held based on structured brainstorming session. This is a proven way to generate ideas within a group setting. It is usually used in the beginning stages of a project, where the possibilities for the project are not clearly understood or defined. It provides a quick means for tapping the creativity of a limited number of people for a large number of ideas.


13:00 – 13:30 Welcoming remarks
Gurbuz Gonul, Acting Director for the Country Support and Partnerships Division at IRENA
Michelle Ramírez Bueno, Director of Geothermal at the Mexican Energy Ministry (SENER)
13:30 – 15:30 Workshop: Defining the need and focus for future collaboration
Professional Facilitator: Reynir Kristjánsson

  • Workshop activities approx. 120 minutes.
    • Brainstorm group activities
    • Summary presentation
15:30 – 15:50 Coffee Break
15:50 – 16:30 Conclusion of workshop and next steps

Sylvain Broglé, Director of the France Geothermal Cluster, GEODEEP
Alexander Richter, Director – President, International Geothermal Association (IGA)

Meeting Moderator: Viðar Helgason, Managing Director, Iceland Geothermal.

Global Geothermal Alliance
Iceland Geothermal Cluster Initiative
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland

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