Mon, 23 November, 2020
GEOPRO aims to generate advances in understanding and modelling of geofluid properties that has wide applicability across a majority of geothermal installations to ensure consistent behaviour across significantly different applications. Led by a consortium of 12 partners across the UK and Europe, GEOPRO is working to produce a set of integrated knowledge-based design and operation tools to allow the geothermal industry to explore, design and operate systems more effectively, reducing the LCOE to competitive levels. Following its kick-off meeting in November 2019, the project has now completed a successful first year!
For a latest overview of the project’s recent activities and interviews with some of our key stakeholders, click here to download the second issue of GEOPRO newsletter and find out more about:
SIMULATING REAL SERVICE CONDITIONS FOR GEOTHERMAL
As an essential part of GEOPRO’s approach, flow dynamics and scale experiments similar to those done in the oil and industry will be performed to validate the flow assurance modelling. TWI, with their experience of oil and gas practical flow assurance simulation and pilot scale equipment, will provide the design and build of the final verification and validation rig. Discover more
GEOPRO IN HENGILL: INTERVIEW WITH THOMAS RATOUIS
Reykjavik Energy (OR) and its subsidiary, ON Power (Iceland), operate two high-enthalpy geothermal power plants at Hengill, Hellisheidi and Nesjavellir by utilising subcritical geothermal fluids with temperatures of approximately 250-320°C. The Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) was founded in 2000 with the purpose of targeting and extracting supercritical geothermal fluids for energy production. It is representative for fluid problems related to supercritical geothermal resources and is the third case study for GEOPRO alongside Insheim (Germany) and Kizildere (Turkey). Our key stakeholder, Thomas Ratouis, describes GEOPRO as a project with major benefits to geothermal industry. Discover more
GEOPRO IN INSHEIM – INTERVIEW WITH JOERG UHDE
Joerg Uhde, CEO Pfalzwerke Geofuture GmbH and a key stakeholder, talks about the rise in exploitation of geothermal energy in the Munich basin and how projects such as GEOPRO are enormously important to promote its sustainable development. Discover more
GEOTHERMAL ENERGY IN TURKEY – INTERVIEW WITH URAL HALAÇOĞLU
Zorlu Energy is one of the three sites for Project GEOPRO that demonstrates characteristic fluid issues of high gas content and scaling imposing operational limitations. As a key stakeholder, Ural Halaçoğlu from Zorlu Energy explains the benefits of GEOPRO in the exploitation of geothermal energy, especially as energy experts speculate the post-pandemic energy shift to the Green Economy. Discover more
UNDERSTANDING GEOFLUID CHEMISTRY
GEOPRO’s ambitious practical approach allows field validation at user sites — case studies at different geographical locations, representative of fluid specific challenges including scaling, degassing and corrosion problems. “Our main concept is to work towards replacing costly, site specific, trial and error approaches in geothermal engineering by providing a set of tools to address current challenges in geothermal, like scale formation, degassing, bubble formation, two-phase flow and superhot and exploratory knowledge”, says the GEOPRO consortium. The tools introduced are aimed to be empirical, opening the arena to a truly representative understanding of the complex geochemistry of the fluids. Discover more
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Grant agreement 851816.