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Geothermal Emission Gas Control

Objective

GECO will advance in the provision of cleaner and cost-effective non-carbon and sulphur emitting geothermal energy across Europe and the World. The core of this project is the application of an innovative technology, recently developed and proved successfully at pilot scale in Iceland, which can limit the production of emissions from geothermal plants by condensing and re-injecting gases or turning the emissions into commercial products. To both increase public acceptance and to generalise this approach, it will be applied by GECO in four distinct geothermal systems in four different European countries: 1) a high temperature basaltic reservoir in Iceland; 2) a high temperature gneiss reservoir in Italy; 3) a high temperature volcano-clastic reservoir in Turkey; and 4) a low temperature sedimentary reservoir in Germany. Gas capture and purification methods will be advanced by lowering consumption of resources, (in terms of electricity, water and chemicals) to deliver cheaper usable CO2 streams to third parties. Our approach to waste gas storage is to capture and inject the soluble gases in the exhaust stream as dissolved aqueous phase. This acidic gas-charged fluid provokes the dissolution of subsurface rocks, which increases the reservoir permeability, and promotes the fixation of the dissolved gases as stable mineral phases. This approach leads to the long-term environmentally friendly storage of waste gases, while it lowers considerably the cost of cleaning geothermal gas compared to standard industry solutions. A detailed and consistent monitoring program, geochemical analysis, and comprehensive modelling will allow characterising the reactivity and consequences of fluid flow in our geologically diverse field sites letting us create new and more accurate modelling tools to predict the reactions that occur in the subsurface in response to induced fluid flow. Finally, gas capture for reuse will be based on a second stage cleaning of the gas stream, through amine separation and burn and scrub processes, producing a CO2 stream with H2S levels below 1 ppm, which is the prerequisite for most utilisation pathways such as the ones that will be applied within the project.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/geothermal energy

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-RES-SingleStage
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ORKUVEITA REYKJAVIKUR SF
Address
Baejarhals 1
110 Reykjavik
Iceland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 3 204 417,13

Participants (17)

ISLENSKAR ORKURANNSOKNIR
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 1 397 400
Address
Grensasvegi 9
108 Reykjavik
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 522 501,25
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
GEORG-RANNSOKNARKLASI I JARDHITA
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 740 375
Address
Grensasvegi 9
108 Reykjavik
Activity type
Research Organisations
HASKOLI ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 434 650
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IFP Energies nouvelles
France
EU contribution
€ 556 257,50
Address
Avenue De Bois Preau 1 & 4
92500 Rueil Malmaison
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 486 950
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GRAZIELLA GREEN POWER S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 082 704
Address
Via Ernesto Rossi, 9
52100 Arezzo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STORENGY SA
France
EU contribution
€ 1 384 818,75
Address
Rue Raoul Nordling 12
92270 Bois Colombes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 554 250
Address
Parque Empresarial Dinamiza, Avda. De Ranillas, 3D
50018 Zaragoza
Activity type
Research Organisations
PLAN B CO2 BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 155 968,75
Address
Geneer 6
6127 AJ Grevenbricht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ZORLU ENERJI ELEKTRIK URETIM AS
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 286 562,50
Address
Buyukdere Cad Levent 199 199 Sisli
34394 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 476 673
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 824 750
Address
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 832 500
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
HOCHSCHULE BOCHUM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 592 502,50
Address
Lennershofstrasse 140
44801 Bochum
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTT FOR ENERGITEKNIKK
Norway
EU contribution
€ 448 312,50
Address
Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller
Activity type
Research Organisations
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 618 250
Address
Calle Relva Torneiros 27A
36410 Porrino
Activity type
Research Organisations