Project 636 - Geothermal resources for energy transition

Brief outline of the project

Geothermal energy is exploited in many countries of the world as either low/ intermediate temperature resources (for building heating and cooling, district heating, greenhouses) or high temperature resources (for electricity generation). In general, electricity generation from geothermal energy remains poorly known to stakeholders, which require a better understanding of the challenges to ensure the energy transition to a low carbon society. In this context, geothermal resources provide renewable and clean energy to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
High temperature geothermal resources are exploited through deep wells (1-5 km) drilled in reservoirs that can be highly heterogeneous volcanic complexes, sedimentary basins or old basement rocks. The reservoir permeability can be enhanced through different engineering techniques to improve productivity, although it may threaten social acceptability. Low or IGCP Project Proposal From 3 intermediate temperature resources are exploited with shallow (few meters) or intermediate boreholes (up to 1 km) mostly providing heating and cooling capacity.

The main objective of this project is to promote the use of geothermal resources as a clean, low-carbon, base-load, and renewable energy through:

  • 1) increasing knowledge and understanding of deep geothermal reservoirs,
  • 2) conducting outreach activities with focus groups and communities, and
  • 3) promoting the installation of geothermal heat pumps."
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