Computer-assisted managing of geothermal energy
Themes: Energy, Software technology & Intelligent systems
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Geothermal projects demand high capital investments to reach their resource - deep subsurface hot water reservoirs. Management decisions thus rely heavily on modelling of reactive flow and transport through various types of rocks.
We have a unique expertise on modelling and evaluation of reservoir uncertainties. Applied to geothermal energy, this provides better prediction, improves control of project performance, and indicates levels of financial, environmental and safety risks.
Our approach is being applied in the Delft Geothermal Project (DAP). The goal is to deliver energy to the TU Delft central heating system and provide scientific data for monitoring and research purposes.
Dr. Denis Voskov
Mark Khait MSc