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GEMex: Cooperation in Geothermal energy research Europe-Mexico for development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems and Superhot Geothermal Systems

GEMex: Cooperation in Geothermal energy research Europe-Mexico for development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems and Superhot Geothermal Systems

Objective

The GEMex project is a complementary effort of a European consortium with a corresponding consortium from Mexico, who submitted an equivalent proposal for cooperation. The joint effort is based on three pillars:
1 – Resource assessment at two unconventional geothermal sites, for EGS development at Acoculco and for a super-hot resource near Los Humeros. This part will focus on understanding the tectonic evolution, the fracture distribution and hydrogeology of the respective region, and on predicting in-situ stresses and temperatures at depth.
2 – Reservoir characterization using techniques and approaches developed at conventional geothermal sites, including novel geophysical and geological methods to be tested and refined for their application at the two project sites: passive seismic data will be used to apply ambient noise correlation methods, and to study anisotropy by coupling surface and volume waves; newly collected electromagnetic data will be used for joint inversion with the seismic data. For the interpretation of these data, high-pressure/ high-temperature laboratory experiments will be performed to derive the parameters determined on rock samples from Mexico or equivalent materials.
3 – Concepts for Site Development: all existing and newly collected information will be applied to define drill paths, to recommend a design for well completion including suitable material selection, and to investigate optimum stimulation and operation procedures for safe and economic exploitation with control of undesired side effects. These steps will include appropriate measures and recommendations for public acceptance and outreach as well as for the monitoring and control of environmental impact.
The consortium was formed from the EERA joint programme of geothermal energy in regular and long-time communication with the partners from Mexico. That way a close interaction of the two consortia is guaranteed and will continue beyond the duration of the project.
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HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ

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Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam

Germany

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 419 731,25

Participants (25)

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ISLENSKAR ORKURANNSOKNIR

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 1 197 902,50

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 476 791,25

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BARI ALDO MORO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 470 138,75

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 804 911,25

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 639 975

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 869 517,50

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 251 417,50

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

EU Contribution

€ 413 342,50

INSTITUTT FOR ENERGITEKNIKK

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 320 000

CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 197 500

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 299 375

UNI RESEARCH AS

Norway

NORCE NORWEGIAN RESEARCH CENTRE AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 450 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 240 331,25

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 126 062,50

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 71 181,25

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 400 875

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 339 135

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

HOCHSCHULE BOCHUM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 332 477,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 289 916,25

PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT GEOLOGICZNY - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 135 500

EUROPEAN GEOTHERMAL ENERGY COUNCIL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 56 903,75

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 171 807,50

IGA SERVICE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 25 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727550

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2016

  • End date

    31 May 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 999 792,50

  • EU contribution

    € 9 999 792,50

Coordinated by:

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ

Germany