Project 636 - Characterization and sustainable exploitation of geothermal resources

IGCP Project meeting in 2017

Unifying international research forces to unlock and strengthen geothermal exploitation of the Americas and Europe

  • 20-24 November 2017, Santiago de Chile, Chile

With: UdeM: Universidad de Medellín (Colombia), CEGA: Centro de Excelencia en Geotermia de los Andes (Chile), INRS: Institut national de la recherche scientifique – Centre Eau Terre Environnement (Canada)

According to the availability of the researchers, the meeting will be organized in Santiago,from 20 to 24 of November 2016. The meeting will be hosted by the Andean GeothermalCenter of Excellence (CEGA) and the Universidad de Chile, thanks to Professor LindaDaniele who is working there and participating to the IGCP636 research team. The CEGA mission is to develop geothermal energy as a sustainable, environmentallyfriendly and economically competitive resource in order to contribute to the energyrequirements in Chile and the Andean countries, such as Colombia, which is leadingcountry of the IGCP636 project.

In general, the main goal of the IGCP636 2017 meeting will be to foster young researchers and students participation and expand the research team thank to the supportof the hosting institution, the CEGA.The specific goals of the meeting will be

1) to share the first modeling results about thecase-study (Plomeur site, France) selected during the past IGCP2016 meeting,

2) toshare the results of the public survey on public awareness on geothermal energyconducted in the last months of 2016 (September-December),

3) to include thecontribution of a new continent to this project (Madagascar, Africa),

4) to increase theresearch team capabilities through new participants (e.g.: new researchers have joinedthe research

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Brief outline of the project

Geothermal fluids are extracted through deep wells drilled in a geological reservoir, which can be represented by highly heterogeneous volcanic complex, sedimentary basins or deep basement rocks. If the reservoir is not enough permeable for a profitable exploitation of geothermal fluids, it is enhanced through different engineered techniques in order to improve its exploitation.

The main objective of this project is to propose suitable methodologies and techniques for the characterization and modeling of fractured geothermal reservoirs, to ensure their sustainable exploitation and, therefore, ensure acceptation of this kind of energy by local communities.

This goal will be achieved with experiences from the volcanic complex of the Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia), the St. Lawrence Lowlands sedimentary basins (Québec, Canada), the Carboniferous limestone reservoir in the area of Mons (Belgium), the Soultz site and the Ploemeur fractured rock experimental site (France). Further, a site in Chile will also be considered. Ongoing and planned work conducted at these sites from international researchers teaming together will provide field data for modeling purposes of highly heterogeneous geological structures. This work will provide new insights into the construction of conceptual and numerical models for geothermal reservoirs, using available information from sites in Europe, North and South America.

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