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Geothermal Projects in FP6

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R&D Activities receiving support from the European Commission can be divided into short to medium-term and medium to long-term, and are managed by DG TREN and DG RTD respectively. The following medium-to-long term geothermal projects are currently ongoing in the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6):

Medium-long term EGS Pilot Plant STREP

Ongoing geothermal Projects in FP6



Full Title:European geothermal project for the construction of a scientific pilot plant based on an Enhanced Geothermal System
Coordinator:A. Gerard
E.E.I.G. “Heat Mining”
EC contribution:5 M€
Starting date:01/04/2004
Duration :36 months

The project forms part of the ongoing Hot-Dry-Rock or Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) experiment at Soultz-sous-Forêts, France. The objective of this experiment project is the technical and economic design of large industrial units (> 25 MWe), based on multi-well systems. The specific objective of the phase proposed here is to test, evaluate and (if necessary) improve the properties of the three deep wells system of reservoirs / heat exchangers (depth 5000 m, bottom hole temperature > 200ºC) that has been achieved in previous phases. To ensure realistic operational conditions, a 1.5 MWe power plant will be installed at an early stage and operated from the produced fluid. Later in the test schedule, this plant will be extended to some 5‑6 MWe.



Full Title:Integrated Geophysical Exploration Technologies for deep fractured geothermal systems

Coordinator:E. Huenges
GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam
EC contribution:2,7 M€
Starting date:01/10/2005
Duration :36 months

The project aims at developing an innovative geothermal exploration approach based on advanced geophysical (seismic and magnetotelluric) methods. The objective is to improve the detection, prior to drilling, of fluid bearing zones in naturally and/or artificially fractured geothermal reservoirs. This new approach will be tested in four European geothermal systems with different geological and thermodynamic reservoir characteristics: two high enthalpy (metamorphic and volcanic rocks), one middle enthalpy geothermal system (deep sedimentary rocks), and one low enthalpy geothermal system (shallow sedimentary rocks).



Full Title:Enhanced Geothermal Innovative Network for Europe
Coordinator:Patrick Ledru
Instrument:Co-ordination Action
EC contribution:2,1 M€
Starting date: 01/11/2005
Duration :30 months

The main objective of the ENGINE project is the co-ordination of ongoing research and development initiatives for Enhanced Geothermal Systems and other Unconventional Geothermal Resources, from resource investigation and assessment stage through to exploitation monitoring. The links established between research and development teams, national development programmes, industrial partners and international agencies will be used to promote geothermal energy as a major renewable and sustainable source of energy and to propose innovative high-level medium- to longer-term research projects.