Project awards for Geothermal Energy Research
TU Delft will participate in REFLECT, a new H2020 consortium, on optimizing future geothermal energy extraction. 14 partners from 10 countries aim to investigate how to avoid production problems related to fluid chemistry. Fluid properties of high temperature-high salinity fluids will be collected and measured, and brought together in numerical models and a new Geothermal Fluid Atlas of Europe. The TU Delft part is headed by Anne Pluymakers, with input from Pacelli Zitha, David Bruhn and Thomas Reinsch. TU Delft will work on the physics of degassing of hot and/or highly saline fluids.
For more information, contact Anne Pluymakers, firstname.lastname@example.org
GtS, TU Delft and the Greek company Seismotech will be doing seismic research together. During this research, miniscule vibrations in the subsurface will be measured at Nature's Heat – the location of a geothermal project. The subsurface and the sources of the miniscule vibrations will be mapped using seismometers. The main objective is to investigate whether it is possible to characterize the production and injection of geowater on the basis of seismic measurements. https://www.naturesheat.nl/
For more information contact Deyan Draganov, D.S.Draganov@tudelft.nl
A consortium of partners from the Netherlands, UK, Turkey and Iceland will investigate the potential of (re)injecting CO2 into geothermal fields, funded by national funding bodies coordinated by ERA-Net ACT (RVO in the Netherlands). Existing facilities of producing geothermal fields at Kizildere in Turkey and Hellisheidi in Iceland will be used to test injection of CO2 into geothermal fields complementing extensive laboratory testing. It will be investigated whether the injection of CO2 can increase reservoir permeability and productivity while suppressing scaling and how the process can be monitored. The project aims at accelerating and maturing CCUS technology application by developing, testing and demonstrating at field scale innovative measurement, monitoring and verification technologies that can be used in most CO2 geological storage projects.
For more information contact Karl-Heinz Wolf, K.H.A.A.Wolf@tudelft.nl