Geothermica DEEP

Innovation for De-Risking Enhanced Geothermal Energy Projects

The public acceptance of Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) projects depends in part on our ability to mitigate induced seismicity related to reservoir engineering.

DEEP brings together an interdisciplinary team of scientists and practitioners from around the world to develop innovative approaches to geothermal risk governance based on recent advances in seismic monitoring technologies, modelling capabilities and process understanding.

The five specific objectives of DEEP are:

Innovation: DEEP explores how new sensor and processing technologies can deliver step-changes in monitoring and imaging capabilities.

De-risking: We will develop and test robust real-time modelling and risk-mitigation strategies, based on machine-learning, statistical and physics-based forecasting models.

Knowledge transfer: DEEP will enable and exploit knowledge transfer between other systems and scales to deep geothermal energy. DEEP will transfer these technologies and physical knowledge (TRL 1-4) to full scale deep geothermal energy applications (TRL 5-7).

Demonstration: We will demonstrate the potential and limitations of these new technologies and risk mitigation strategies in real-time and on the reservoir scale. In particular, DEEP will demonstrate technologies at the FORGE geothermal site, underground field laboratory in Utah, and at other demonstration sites in Germany and France.

Good Practise: DEEP will define the next generation of good-practice guidelines and protocols. These protocols will be harmonized for international use, and be provided through an open-source toolbox for EGS risk assessment and risk management.

Project leader: ETH Zürich and the Swiss Seismological Service

Project partners:
LBNL, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory
IEG, Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Energy
GES, Geo Energie Suisse
EOST, Ecole et Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre
DIAS, Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies
UNIGE, University of Geneva, Renewable Energy Systems group
TUD, Delft University of Technology
UUTAH, University of Utah
DAGO, Dutch Association Geothermal Operators

Project duration: 2021-2023

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