(2010-2013) 3.5 years
13 partners: GFZ (Coordinator), BRGM, ÍSOR, TNO, ETHZ, STHY, GEOWATT AG, NORSAR, ARMINES, EOST, KNMI, AMRA, INGV
Coordinator at ÍSOR: Kristján Ágústsson
Geothermal resources have been used successfully and economically in some locations in Europe where geological conditions are exceptionally favourable (e.g. Italy and Iceland), but they can play a much more important role at the European scale, if they can be made accessible at other places.
One of the key issues addressed by this call and the project is the need to inject fluids to enhance productivity of a geothermal well (Enhanced Geothermal Systems, EGS), which often induces seismicity.
The aim of the project is to contribute to the improvement of the concept of Enhanced Geothermal Systems by addressing the need to investigate the role of induced seismicity, which is twofold:
- as an instrument to image fluid pathways induced by hydraulic stimulation treatments, which has been done to some extent in previous projects
- as an implication of such treatments to potential seismic hazards