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Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction from ultra-deep ore bodies

Objective

CHPM2030 aims to develop a novel and potentially disruptive technology solution that can help satisfy the European needs for energy and strategic metals in a single interlinked process. Working at the frontiers of geothermal resources development, minerals extraction and electro-metallurgy the project aims at converting ultra-deep metallic mineral formations into an “orebody-EGS” that will serve as a basis for the development of a new type of facility for “Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction” (CHPM). In the technology envisioned the metal-bearing geological formation will be manipulated in a way that the co-production of energy and metals will be possible, and may be optimised according to the market demands at any given moment in the future. The workplan has been set up in a way to provide proof-of-concept for the following hypotheses:

1. The composition and structure of orebodies have certain advantages that could be used to our advantage when developing an EGS;
2. Metals can be leached from the orebodies in high concentrations over a prolonged period of time and may substantially influence the economics of EGS;
3. The continuous leaching of metals will increase system’s performance over time in a controlled way and without having to use high-pressure reservoir stimulation, minimizing potential detrimental impacts of both heat and metal extraction.

As a final outcome the project will deliver blueprints and detailed specifications of a new type of future facility that is designed and operated from the very beginning as a combined heat, power and metal extraction system.

The horizontal aim is to provide new impetus to geothermal development in Europe by investigating previously unexplored pathways at low-TRL. This will be achieved by developing a Roadmap in support of the pilot implementation of such system before 2025, and full-scale commercial implementation before 2030

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2015-1-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

MISKOLCI EGYETEM
Address
Egyetemvaros
3515 Miskolc
Hungary
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 442 000

Participants (12)

SZEGEDI TUDOMANYEGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 203 750
Address
Dugonics Ter 13
6720 Szeged
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES GEOLOGUES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 504 375
Address
Rue Jenner 13
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
ISLENSKAR ORKURANNSOKNIR
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 287 500
Address
Grensasvegi 9
108 Reykjavik
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 447 000
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 107 500
Address
Rua Da Amieira
4466-901 S.mamede De Infesta
Activity type
Research Organisations
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 940 717,50
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
LA PALMA RESEARCH CENTRE FOR FUTURE STUDIES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 387 225
Address
Calle El Castillo El Fronton 37
38787 Santa Cruz De La Palma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TIESS GUNTER

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Dreistetten 120/1
2753 Dreistetten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTUL GEOLOGIC AL ROMANIEI

Participation ended

Romania
EU contribution
€ 121 250
Address
Caransebes Street 1
78344 Bucharest
Activity type
Research Organisations
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 388 000
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SVERIGES GEOLOGISKA UNDERSOKNING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 187 500
Address
Villavaegen 18
S-75128 Uppsala
Activity type
Research Organisations
MINPOL GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 218 750
Address
Hauptstrasse 1
2721 Bad Fischau-brunn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)