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Geothermal Emission Gas Control

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 818169

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2018

  • End date

    30 September 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 18 220 330,50

  • EU contribution

    € 15 599 842,88

Coordinated by:

ORKUVEITA REYKJAVIKUR SF

Iceland

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.

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

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 522 501,25

GEORG-RANNSOKNARKLASI I JARDHITA

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 740 375

HASKOLI ISLANDS

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 434 650

IFP Energies nouvelles

France

EU Contribution

€ 556 257,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 486 950

GRAZIELLA GREEN POWER S.P.A.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 082 704

STORENGY SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 384 818,75

FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 554 250

PLAN B CO2 BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 155 968,75

ZORLU ENERJI ELEKTRIK URETIM AS

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 286 562,50

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 476 673

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 824 750

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 832 500

HOCHSCHULE BOCHUM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 592 502,50

INSTITUTT FOR ENERGITEKNIKK

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 448 312,50

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 618 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 818169

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2018

  • End date

    30 September 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 18 220 330,50

  • EU contribution

    € 15 599 842,88

Coordinated by:

ORKUVEITA REYKJAVIKUR SF

Iceland