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Excellency Network Building for Comprehensive Research and Assessment of Geofluids

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ENeRAG (Excellency Network Building for Comprehensive Research and Assessment of Geofluids)

Reporting period: 2018-10-01 to 2019-12-31

Research and innovation on geological resources has treated geofluids as individual separate entities both in national and European legislation. Neglect of these interrelationships, however, led to misinterpretation of processes and sub-optimal use of geological resources. These environmental issues caused significant economic and ecological losses. The solution of these shortcomings needs detailed understanding of the connections between geofluids and its hosting formation. ENeRAG contributes to improve knowledge transfer and sustainable utilization of geofluids. The overall goal of ENeRAG is to raise the research profile and excellence of ELTE through cooperation with UMIL and GTK in comprehensive understanding, tracing and modelling of geofluid systems. Moreover, it intends to enhance the S&T and innovation capacity in the field of sustainable development and eco-friendly exploitation of geofluids and their resources. The planned guideline will strengthen the hands-on experience in geofluid research, legislation and exploitation. It will provide a missing novelty service, gives the base for prioritization of geofluid-related resources. ENeRAG improves stakeholder experience, legislation and contributes to the dissemination of knowledge. In addition ELTE with its first consortium leadership in H2020 projects would like to improve its innovative capability to gain national and international EU funding. ENeRAG aims to intensify network building, and widen corporations.
ELTE as the consortium leader has successfully implemented and operated ENeRAG in its international project management system. ENeRAG has raised the research and innovation profile of ELTE by capacity enhancement with the accomplishment of 1 training workshop, 1 summer school and by these, 2 laboratories and field training. ENeRAG has ensured to fill networking gaps of the developed partner, by the interaction between partners and by transfer of knowledge through 1 junior researcher exchange and 4 session organization on international conferences. ENeRAG implemented a platform to early-career scientists by the organization of the Hungarian round of the Problem solver competition and active contribution in 2 Researchers’ Night Events. ENeRAG has spread the project results efficiently since its start to the scientific target sector in 4 international conferences via 44 approved abstracts, through 3 open-access peer-reviewed publications. The project reached the end-users by the organization of 1 stakeholder conference.
The organized workshops attracted 23 participants from abroad and 27 from ELTE. In the frame of the project 8 BSc, MSc and 2 student research theses were supported and completed. The project enhanced the reputation, attractiveness and networking channels of ELTE through 3 new collaborations. The short-time secondments helped 51 researchers and students in expanding their knowledge. The completed long-term institutional researcher exchange helped to formulate a joint research paper. ENeRAG improved the capability of ELTE to coordinate and compete for national, EU and internationally competitive research funding and helped to submit 2 research proposals in the field of geofluid research.
The consortium partners held presentations at 3 national and 4 international conferences. Two partners prepared the first Hungarian Booklet of Managed Aquifer Recharge. The results of ENeRAG were transferred continuously toward society via social media (Facebook 32 299, Instagram 6 521, website 11 200 estimated visitors). In the first project period, the 2 newsletters displayed the project related issues. Additionally, extra ENeRAG activities supported the dissemination goals of the project (9 conferences, 9 workshops, 3 outreach events).
The project has introduced the dynamic system approach for geofluid research and has helped in supporting the dissemination of grey and green technologies. These were carried out through knowledge transfer in the better understanding of the interaction between unsaturated and saturated zones; in innovative spatial statistical approaches, vulnerability and Managed aquifer recharge (MAR). It will continue with knowledge passing on low enthalpy geothermal power plants and shallow bedrock energy reservoir planning. Capacity building and networking have contributed to the improved knowledge in the tracing of hydrothermal fluid flow systems. Further actions will be implemented to use conventional and unconventional isotopes in groundwater-related studies. The improvement of the unsaturated zone modelling capacity of ELTE is also an expected outcome of the project. The ENeRAG consortium can play an active role in stepping up ELTE in geofluids subject. Therefore ELTE can contribute to the sustainable management plan of Hungarian resources, by strengthening the scientific and technological capacities. The ENeRAG will provide a competitive advantage at a national and regional level by developing and matching research and innovation strengths with business needs. On the level of Hungary, the project will strengthen aligned cooperation and hands-on experience to improve stakeholder experience, legislation and dissemination. The ENeRAG Twinning exercise will contribute to the aligned interpretation and sustainable utilization of geofluids in the EU.
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