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Maximizing the EU shale gas potential by minimizing its environmental footprint

Objective

Securing abundant, affordable, and clean energy remains a critical scientific challenge. Fortuitously, large shale formations occur within Europe. As the conventional gas production in Europe peaked in 2004, European shale gas could become a practical necessity for the next 50 years. However, the exploitation of shale gas remains challenging. Further, its environmental footprint is at present poorly quantified. Great care is needed to assess and pursue this energy resource in the safest possible way for the long-term future of Europe whilst protecting the European diverse natural environment.

With this in mind, ShaleXenvironmenT assembled a multi-disciplinary academic team, with strong industrial connections. A comprehensive approach is proposed towards ensuring that the future development of shale gas in Europe will safeguard the public with the best environmental data suitable for governmental appraisal, and ultimately for encouraging industrial best practice.

The primary objective is to assess the environmental footprint of shale gas exploitation in Europe in terms of water usage and contamination, induced seismicity, and fugitive emissions. Using synergistically experiments and modeling activities, ShaleXenvironmenT will achieve its objective via a fundamental understanding of rock-fluid interactions, fluid transport, and fracture initiation and propagation, via technological innovations obtained in collaboration with industry, and via improvements on characterization tools. ShaleXenvironmenT will maintain a transparent discussion with all stakeholders, including the public, and will suggest ideas for approaches on managing shale gas exploitation, impacts and risks in Europe, and eventually worldwide.

The proposed research will bring economical benefits for consultancy companies, service industry, and oil and gas conglomerates. The realization of shale gas potential in Europe is expected to contribute clean energy for, e.g., the renaissance of the manufacturing industry.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 829 755

Participants (10)

CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO PERLO SVILUPPO DEI SISTEMI A GRANDE INTERFASE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 309 985
Address
Via Della Lastruccia 3
50019 Firenze
Activity type
Research Organisations
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 249 938
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 319 992
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""
Greece
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
End Of Patriarchou Grigoriou E And 27 Neapoleos Street
15341 Agia Paraskevi
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 280 000
Address
Campus De San Vicente Raspeig
03690 Alicante
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
USTAV FYZIKALNI CHEMIE J. HEYROVSKEHO AV CR, v. v. i.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 209 987,50
Address
Dolejskova 2155/3
182 23 Praha
Activity type
Other
USTAV CHEMICKYCH PROCESU AV CR, v. v. i.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Rozvojova 135
165 02 Praha 6
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 550
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
GEOMECON GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 149 993,75
Address
Chausseestrasse 88
10115 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HALLIBURTON MANUFACTURING AND SERVICES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Russell House Block D Regent Park Kingston Road
KT22 7LU Leatherhead
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)