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Integrated Methods for Advanced Geothermal Exploration

Integrated Methods for Advanced Geothermal Exploration

Objective

"The IMAGE project will develop a reliable science based exploration and assessment method to ""IMAGE"" geothermal reservoirs using an interdisciplinary approach based on three general pillars:
1 Understanding the processes and properties that control the spatial distribution of critical exploration parameters at European to local scales. The focus will be on prediction of temperatures, in-situ stresses, fracture permeability and hazards which can be deduced from field analogues, public datasets, predictive models and remote constraints. It provides rock property catalogues for 2 and 3.
2 Improving well-established exploration techniques for imaging and detection beyond the current state of the art and testing of novel geological, geophysical and geochemical methods to provide reliable information on critical subsurface exploration parameters. Methods include a) geophysical techniques such as ambient seismic noise correlation and magnetotellurics with improved noise filtering, b) fibre-optic down-hole logging tools to assess subsurface structure, temperature and physical rock properties, and c) the development of new tracers and geothermometers.
3 Demonstration of the added value of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach for site characterization and well-siting, based on conceptual advances, improved models/parameters and exploration techniques developed in 1 and 2. Further, it provides recommendations for a standardized European protocol for resource assessment and supporting models.
The IMAGE consortium comprises the leading European geothermal research institutes and industry partners who will perform testing and validation of the new methods at existing geothermal sites owned by the industry partners, both in high temperature magmatic, including supercritical, and in basement/deep sedimentary systems. Application of the methods as part of exploration in newly developed fields will provide direct transfer from the research to the demonstration stage."

Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Address

Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 Da Den Haag

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 823 687,35

Administrative Contact

Jan Hopman (Mr.)

Participants (20)

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UNIVERSITE MONTPELLIER 2 SCIENCES ET TECHNIQUES

France

AXPO POWER AG

Switzerland

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 789 250

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 866 555,50

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 531 000

FONROCHE GEOTHERMIE SAS

France

GEOMEDIA s.r.o.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 46 437,35

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 878 090

HS ORKA HF

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 184 000

INSTITUTT FOR ENERGITEKNIKK

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 277 000

ISLENSKAR ORKURANNSOKNIR

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 1 452 968,75

LANDSVIRKJUN SAMEIGNARFELAG

Iceland

PETRATHERM ESPANA SL

Spain

BKW Energie AG

Switzerland

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 156 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BARI ALDO MORO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 317 690,80

UNIVERSITE DE MONTPELLIER

France

EU Contribution

€ 270 300

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 356 065

VOLCANIC BASIN PETROLEUM RESEARCH AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 102 000

EDA RENOVÁVEIS, S.A.

Portugal

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 608553

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 402 774,21

  • EU contribution

    € 10 051 044,75

Coordinated by:

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands