A "discussion diagram" used for planning eco-neighbourhoods and showing potential  points of entry for  geothermal heat (2011). © BRGM

BRGM involvement in the “Investing for the Future” programme

Under the national “Investing for the Future” programme, the BRGM is involved in some twenty projects mainly focusing on energy and environmental questions.


The BRGM and its partners (universities, research centres, laboratories, industrial companies) have been selected in several calls for projects for the national Investing for the Future programme.

GEODENERGIES, a scientific interest group for carbon-free energy development

GEODENERGIES (geotechnologies to support carbon-free energy) is a programme developed by the BRGM with 12 companies, six other public research establishments and two competitiveness clusters.

The purpose of this scientific interest group is to promote the emergence of three sectors working on the extraction and sustainable management of subsoil resources to support a carbon-free economy: CO2 storage, energy storage and geothermal energy.

More information about GEODENERGIES

BRGM participation in two Equipex projects

The BRGM is partnering two projects selected under the second call for Equipex ("Equipment excellence") projects.


The Critex project (national pool of innovative equipment for studies of critical catchment basin zones in time and space) is led by CNRS/INSU. Its purpose is to describe the hydrological, hydrogeological and geochemical functioning of catchment basins representing different contexts. The overarching aim is to achieve a deeper understanding of climate change effects for our planet's future.  Project partners: 21 laboratories belonging to four national research organisations and over twenty universities.


The Planex project (Planetary Experimentation: simulations and in situ analyses under extreme conditions) is led by UMR ISTO (University of Orléans) with six other partners. The aim is to develop a platform for high-pressure, high-temperature experimentation (HP-HT) for seismology and geothermal energy applications.

BRGM participation in four Laboratories of Excellence (Labex)

BRGM is partnering four Laboratories of Excellence (Labex).

  • G-eau-Thermie Profonde (deep geothermal applications, heat and power production - Soultz-sous-Forêts, Strasbourg),
  • Voltaire  (studies of geofluids and volatile substances): Earth-atmosphere interfaces for environmental resources - Orléans),
  • Ressources21 (strategic metals - Nancy),
  • Clervolc (volcanic risks - Clermont-Ferrand)

Captiven, winner of the Carnot SME call for projects

Led by the BRGM, Irstea (previously Cemagref) and Ifremer EDROME Carnot Insitutes, the Captiven project (sensors and data to monitor the environmental quality of soils and water) aims to develop strong partnerships between SMEs and laboratories in the field of environmental metrology. The goal is to increase the efficiency of metrological facilities to monitor risks, to help reduce global change impacts and improve environmental resource use. 

More information about the Captiven project

GreenerB@t, a shared innovation platform for "intelligent building" design

The GreenerB@t platform involves the S2E2 competitiveness cluster, the BRGM and the Orléans-Val de Loire Technology Centre, and will be used for testing, development and full-scale validation of innovative technological solutions for energy management. It aims to become a reference platform in France and Europe.

The BRGM's involvement rests on two of its fields of excellence, near-surface geothermal applications and heat and cold storage.

Edifice, an initiative  for excellence in innovative training

The Edifice project, an initiative for excellence in innovative training, involves several lycées in Orléans, the University of Orléans, the CNRS and the BRGM. The aim is to set up a demonstrator for training in the exact sciences designed to bring out individual excellence in students from 3 years before the Baccalaureate to Postgraduate level (Bac + 8 years).

Plat'Inn: Collection, sorting, recycling and conversion of waste materials

The Plat’inn project is setting up a platform for research and technical innovation on sorting and recycling waste as a source of strategic metals. This eco-technologies platform is dedicated to the circular economy: as a strategic tool for scientific research, its aim is to promote cooperation between different research and innovation players and the industrial sector.

Under the "Investing for the Future" programme, the project has received government authorisation for funding through the AMI component on "waste collection, sorting, recycling and reuse" of the programme for "demonstrators and technological platforms for renewable and carbon free energy and green chemicals".

The digital transition and modernisation of public affairs: BRGM to partner two selected projects

Under the Investing for the Future programme, piloted by the Commissioner-General for Investments, the BRGM and its partners have been selected for the first tranche of funding for the "digital transition and modernisation of public affairs", for two projects undertaken with the Ministry for Sustainable Development. 

  • Hub’Eau: simplifying access for re-users of data on water,
  • DUPLOS: an all-in-one filing procedure for underground engineering work

The SparklnData cloud platform

The BRGM is partnering SparkInData, a cloud platform designed to assemble all sources of Earth Observation data, which has been selected under the call for tenders for "Cloud Computing & Big Data" issued by the "Investing for the Future" programme. The BRGM is one of the 11 members of the project consortium, piloted by ATOS.

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