Access Programme

The DESTRESS Access Programme invites you to visit its geothermal project sites for knowledge exchange and in-depth training.


DESTRESS offers virtual and physical access to its sites. Every demonstration site differs in its environment and the stimulation techniques used (see Demonstration Sites). Data archiving and curation schemes developed by the EPOS IP project can be accessed virtually.


Anyone with a strong interest in geothermal energy, including researchers, industry representatives, journalists and politicians is welcome to take part.


For physical access DESTRESS offers at least one knowledge exchange and in-depth training course a year, whenever possible combined with a visit to a P&D site. Detailed information will be published on this web page at least two months in advance and advertised in the DESTRESS newsletter. The courses are taking place in the DESTRESS partnering countries.

Past Events


Site visit in Bedretto, Switzerland

In the frame of the inauguration of the Bedretto Underground Laboratory for Geosciences (Bedretto Lab), 250 visitors seized the opportunity to visit the tunnel, the lab installations and to learn more about geothermal research. A total of nine guided tours were offered in German, English and Italian. Additionally, in front of the tunnel portal, a small exhibition about the different projects taking place in the tunnel (including DESTRESS) was presented.

Date: 18 May 2019

Site visit in Groß Schönebeck, Germany

In the frame of the EGPD 2019, a tour around the geothermal underground laboratory and power plant at Groß Schönebeck, Germany, one of the demonstration sites of the DESTRESS project, was provided. The excursion was made possible by the DESTRESS consortium and supported by several researchers involved in the project providing informative presentations about the site history and giving a guided tour around the geothermal site.

Date: 27 February 2019


Site visit Soultz-sous-Forêts (France), 13 March 2018

25 students and professors from a French high school specialized in mining engineering visited the Soultz power plant. After a detailed presentation of the Soultz project, this group visited the geothermal installation of Soultz-sous-Forêts.

Date: 13 March 2018


Site visit Rittershoffen (France), 11 June 2018

A group of engineers and managers of a major oil and gas company visited the Rittershoffen geothermal plant. Discussions were dedicated to business opportunities and how to promote geothermal energy despite some incidents with for example induced seismicity during hydraulic stimulation.

Date: 11 June 2018


Site visit Rittershoffen (France), 22 June 2018

A group of engineers, scientists and managers of a major oil and gas service company visited the Rittershoffen geothermal plant. It was discussed how to transfer oil and gas knowhow to the geothermal industry. There are a series of best practises and technologies which have many commonalities such as drilling, down-hole pumping, and stimulations techniques.

Date: 22 June 2018


Joint Horizon 2020 event of DESTRESS and DEEPEGS

Framing the geothermal workshop in Karlsruhe "Characterization of Deep Geothermal Systems" in mid-October, ES-Géothermie (ESG) scientists and staff members offered two field trips to the geothermal power plant sites in Soultz-sous-Fôrets and Rittershoffen in France.

Date: 11 & 14 October 2017

Site visit in Klaipeda, Lithuania

DESTRESS hold a joint project workshop together with the EU-project SURE concerning the stimulation and drilling methods of the geothermal plant in Klaipeda. Furthermore, a site tour to the demonstration plant of GEOTERMA was offered.

Date: 4 - 5 April 2017


Site visit in Pohang, Korea

The first Access Programme took place in Korea in July 2016. Experts from Europe and Korea participated in the two seminars at the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building (KICT; 6 July 2016) and the Seoul National University (SNU; 7 July 2016) and visited the Pohang site.

Date: 4 July 2016