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Innovative materials and designs for long-life high-temperature geothermal wells

Objective

New concepts for high-temperature geothermal well technologies are strongly needed to accelerate the development of geothermal resources for power generation in Europe and worldwide in a cost effective and environmentally friendly way. The GeoWell project will address the major bottlenecks like high investment and maintenance costs by developing innovative materials and designs that are superior to the state of the art concepts. The lifetime of a well often determines the economic viability of a geothermal project. Therefore, keeping the geothermal system in operation for several decades is key to the economic success.
The objective of GeoWell is to develop reliable, cost effective and environmentally safe well completion and monitoring technologies. This includes:

- Reducing down time by optimised well design involving corrosion resistant materials.
- Optimisation of cementing procedures that require less time for curing.
- Compensate thermal strains between the casing and the well.
- Provide a comprehensive database with selective ranking of materials to prevent corrosion, based on environmental conditions for liners, casings and wellhead equipment, up to very high temperatures.
- To develop methods to increase the lifetime of the well by analysing the wellbore integrity using novel distributed fiber optic monitoring techniques.
- To develop advanced risk analysis tools and risk management procedures for geothermal wells.

The proposed work will significantly enhance the current technology position of constructing and operating a geothermal well. GeoWell aims to put Europe in the lead regarding development of deep geothermal energy.
The consortium behind GeoWell constitutes a combination of experienced geothermal developers, leading academic institutions, major oil&gas research institutions and an SME. These have access to world-class research facilities including test wells for validation of innovative technologies and laboratories for material testing.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/geothermal energy

Call for proposal

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

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ISLENSKAR ORKURANNSOKNIR
Address
Grensasvegi 9
108 Reykjavik
Iceland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 105 750

Participants (8)

NORCE NORWEGIAN RESEARCH CENTRE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 611 612,50
Address
Nygardsgaten 112
5838 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 561 257,50
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 730 747,50
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
EU contribution
€ 270 500
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Research Organisations
EQUINOR ENERGY AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 653 000
Address
Forusbeen 50
4035 Stavanger
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HS ORKA HF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 345 883,75
Address
Orkubraut 3
240 Grindavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AKIET BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 298 662,50
Address
Betonstraat 8
8211 AE Lelystad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HUISMAN WELL TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 127 500
Address
Adminraal Trompstraat 2
3100 AD Schiedam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)