The Geothermal Association of Ireland (GAI) was formed in January 1998 to Promote the Development of Geothermal Resources in Ireland. The GAI is a member of the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) and of the International Geothermal Association (IGA).
The GAI promotes the development of geothermal energy in Ireland in:
GAI encourages its members to get involved and can show how to access EU and national funding.
- Conducting and participating in seminars, field trips, conferences, presentations to the public & private sector.
- GAI is involved with measures to accredit and certify heat pump manufacturers, installers and suppliers.
- Publication of GAI newsletter
- Organising GAI field trips, conferences & workshops
Submissions to Government consultations including:
- Department of Energy "Consultation on Geothermal Energy in Ireland"
- Department of Enterprise "Green Paper on Sustainable Energy"
- Department of Environment "Climate Change Strategy"
- Over 60% of ground source heat pumps installed in Ireland over last 5yrs have been by GAI members.
- Research and promotion of low enthalpy hydro geothermal energy based on shallow groundwater now utilized in numerous public buildings in Cork City.