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DEPLOYMENT OF DEEP ENHANCED GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY BUSINESS

Objective

Our goal with the DEEPEGS project is to demonstrate the feasibility of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) for delivering energy from renewable resources in Europe. Testing of stimulating technologies for EGS in deep wells in different geologies, will deliver new innovative solutions and models for wider deployments of EGS reservoirs with sufficient permeability for delivering significant amounts of geothermal power across Europe. DEEPEGS will demonstrate advanced technologies in three geothermal reservoir types that provide all unique condition for demonstrating the applicability of this “tool bag” on different geological conditions. We will demonstrate EGS for widespread exploitation of high enthalpy heat (i) beneath existing hydrothermal field at Reykjanes (volcanic environment) with temperature up to 550°C and (ii) very deep hydrothermal reservoir Vendenheim with temperatures up to 220°C that is located in the Upper Rhine Graben (URG), a tertiary-age NNE directional rift enclosed in the European Cenozoic Rift System (ECRIS). ECRIS is an 1100 km long system of rifts formed in the foreland of the Alps as the lithosphere responded to the effects of the Alpine and Pyrenean orogenies (The originally planned French demonstrators of Valence and Riom are also located in rifts belonging to the ECRIS system). Our consortium is industry driven with five energy companies that are capable of implementing the project goal through cross-fertilisation and sharing of knowledge. The companies are all highly experienced in energy production, and three of them are already delivering power to national grids from geothermal resources. The focus on business cases will demonstrate significant advances in bringing EGS derived energy (TRL6-7) routinely to market exploitation, and has potential to mobilise project outcomes to full market scales following the end of DEEPEGS project. We seek to understand social concerns about EGS deployments, and will address those concerns in a proactive manner, where the environment, health and safety issues are prioritised and awareness raised for social acceptance. We will through risk analysis and hazard mitigation plans ensure that relevant understanding of the risks and how they can be minimised and will be implemented as part of the RTD approaches, and as a core part of the business case development.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2015-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

HS ORKA HF
Address
Orkubraut 3
240 Grindavik
Iceland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 6 403 857,16

Participants (9)

FONROCHE GEOTHERMIE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 6 635 512,65
Address
Zac Des Champs De Lescaze
47310 Roquefort
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EQUINOR ENERGY AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 225 000
Address
Forusbeen 50
4035 Stavanger
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LANDSVIRKJUN
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 137 756,29
Address
Haaleitisbraut 68
103 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
EU contribution
€ 1 137 390
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Research Organisations
ISLENSKAR ORKURANNSOKNIR
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 2 028 277,50
Address
Grensasvegi 9
108 Reykjavik
Activity type
Research Organisations
Herrenknecht Vertical GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 476 241,20
Address
Im Heidenwinkel 5
77963 Schwanau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENEL GREEN POWER SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 220 325
Address
Viale Regina Margherita 125
00198 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 782 190
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEORG-RANNSOKNARKLASI I JARDHITA
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 936 387,83
Address
Grensasvegi 9
108 Reykjavik
Activity type
Research Organisations