MEET_Logo Geothermal Winter School

Join the MEET consortium for its educational program on 16-19th February 2021

Geothermal is decisive for the energy transition since it provides a flexible base load renewable source of energy. The contribution of geoscientists is central for the development of this form of renewable energy. We need to train today the next generation of Geoscientists in order to develop and exploit the geothermal projects of tomorrow.

Through the Geothermal Winter School, The MEET consortium provides to future geoscientists some practical feedbacks from research and industry in geothermal. Indeed, this educational program is intended to provide new knowledge to European students on Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) and demonstration sites, based on highly advanced research approach and industrial expertise from ongoing projects.

We are delighted to invite Master and PhD students from MEET partners and European universities, but also post-doctoral fellows and engineers to register and follow the lectures in order to acquire new knowledge on EGS. The registration is free.

The Geothermal Winter School will be virtual given the current pandemic. The event will be host on PhD Talent web platform that will communicate with registered students only (so you must be registered by email). Then all applicants will need to register on PhD Talent that works like ResearchGate or Academia. All applicants must install ZOOM desktop on their computer.

Please register by email before 15 January 2021 with your detailed contact (name, university, status, formation name, project name, willingness to submit an abstract – if so, abstract title) and you will receive all information regarding the virtual event (contact here).

Description of the school content

This geothermal school will develop the main topics of the MEET project, with practical lectures and case studies showing ongoing R&D aspects of the project for the development of EGS throughout Europe:

  • Deep geothermal systems for heat & power in various geological settings
  • Increase heat production from existing geothermal plants and oil wells
  • Mapping best locations for future installations in Europe and promoting EGS

Keynote lectures will develop each of these themes thanks to acknowledged European lecturers. In addition, several project partners from industry and academics are involved in the training, as they will give practical lectures to students on their expertise domain.

Before starting the courses, half a day of demo-sites presentations and virtual site visits will take place, as a shared program with the European Geothermal PhD Days 2021 (EGPD) on Tuesday afternoon 16th February 2021.

An introductory course for the general public will popularize geothermal energy in all its forms to a broad audience all-over Europe, with an emphasis on deep geothermal and the huge energy reserve it represents at the scale of the Earth. This lecture will emphasize the potential of geothermal energy at the European and worldwide scale depending on geological contexts, in addition to some basic physical characteristics of geothermal reservoirs, as well as prospective for geothermal development in the following decades.

This course will be disseminated throughout Europe by different means: associations of geology/biology teachers in secondary schools, geology and geothermal associations, networks of scientists, geography associations, federations of energy companies, local energy associations, local authorities, European institutions, public decision-makers in Europe, etc.

In addition to this program, an oral session dedicated to young researchers is planned each afternoon from 4:30 pm. This is the opportunity for students to show their latest research outcomes and share with other students and teachers what they discovered. The size of the event makes it a good format for discussion and feedbacks on their work, but also a place for creating opportunities for their early career. Applicants are encouraged to submit an abstract by email before 15th January 2021 (contact here).

A prize for the best oral presentation will be awarded, as well as a certificate of participation for each student.

In parallel of these oral sessions, we offer the possibility for applicants to meet companies and research laboratories during two open-room sessions (17-18th February afternoon) where they will be able to discuss potential common interests in geothermal research & development with academia or industry representatives. This initiative allows bringing students towards the next steps of their careers either in research or in the industry.

You can find below the schedule of the Geothermal Winter School 2021

Program

16 February 2021 – in common with EGPD 2021

  • 13:00 – 15:30 Demo-site session
  • 16:00 – 19:00 Virtual site visits

17 February 2021

  • 08:30 – 11:00 Introduction and public talk
  • 11:00 – 16:00 Session 1: Deep geothermal systems for heat & power in various geological settings
  • 16:30 – 19:30 Oral session – Young European researchers in geothermal
  • 16:30 – 19:30 Open-room sessions – meeting with companies and research institutes

18 February 2021

  • 09:00 – 14:00 Session 1 (2nd part): Deep geothermal systems for heat & power in various geological settings
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Session 2: Increase heat production from existing geothermal plants and oil wells
  • 16:30 – 19:30 Oral session – Young European researchers in geothermal
  • 16:30 – 19:30 Open-room sessions – meeting with companies and research institutes

19 February 2021

  • 09:00 – 12:00 Session 2 (2nd part): Increase heat production from existing geothermal plants and oil wells
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Session 3: Mapping best locations for future installations in Europe and promoting EGS
  • 16:30 – 19:00 Oral session – Young European researchers in geothermal
  • 19:00 – 19:30 Conclusion of Geothermal Winter School

The whole planning is given in CET (UTC+1)

16 February 2021 – in common with EGPD 2021

Demo-site session

  • 13:00 – 13:30 Thomas Kohl (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) – Case study from Rhine Graben / Munich area
  • 13:30 – 14:00 Hannes Hofmann (GFZ-Potsdam) – Hydraulic soft stimulation of a geothermal well in Reykjavik (Iceland)
  • 14:00 – 14:30 Lucy Cotton (GeoScience Limited) – United Down Deep Geothermal Project (Cornwall, UK)
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Christian Boissavy (G²H Conseils) – Deep geothermal energy for district heating network: case histories in Paris Basin and lessons learned since 50 years
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Break

Virtual visits of geothermal sites

  • 16:00 – 17:00 Guillaume Ravier (ES-Géothermie) – Live visit of Rittershoffen geothermal heat plant for industry
  • 17:00 – 18:00 Jean-Marc Bertrand (ENGIE Solutions) – Presentation of Dammarie-les-Lys surface installations for district heating
  • 18:00 – 19:00 André-Charles Mintsa & Eric Léoutre (Enogia & Vermilion Energy) – Presentation of ORC turbine units on Chaunoy oil field
  • 19:00 – 19:30 Conclusion of 12th EGPD

17 February 2021

  • 8:30 – 8:45 Welcome
  • 8:45 – 9:30 Fabienne Brutin (Ayming) – Boost your researcher career with EU funds
  • 9:30 – 11:00 Introductory course / public talk: Iain Stewart (University of Plymouth, Director of Sustainable Earth Institute) – Taking the Heat Out Of Geothermal: Geo-energy Communications for Publics and Policy

Session 1: Deep geothermal systems for heat & power in various geological settings

  • 11:00 – 12:00 Keynote lecture: Ernst Huenges (GFZ-Potsdam) – Engineered Geothermal Energy Systems in Europe
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Keynote lecture: Albert Genter (ES-Géothermie) – Deep fractured EGS, Concepts and reservoir assessment in the Upper Rhine Graben
  • 14:00 – 15:00 John Reinecker (Geothermal Engineering GmbH) – Exploration workflow for deep geothermal systems
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Kristian Bär (Technische Universität Darsmstadt) – Planning reservoir stimulation, technical steps and risk mitigation
  • 16:00 – 16:30 Break
  • 16:30 – 19:30 Oral session – Young European researchers in geothermal
  • 16:30 – 19:30 Open-room sessions – meeting with companies and research institutes

18 February 2021

  • 9:00 – 10:00 Béatrice Ledésert & Ronan Hébert (CY Cergy Paris Université) – Fractures and hydrothermal alterations: a review of fluid pathways for geothermal applications
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Ghislain Trullenque (UniLasalle) – Death Valley granites as analogue of EGS Soultz-sous-Forêts reservoir
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Yves Vanbrabant (Geological Survey of Belgium) – The role of anisotropy in geothermal systems in meta-sedimentary rocks
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Bernd Leiss (Georg-August Universität Göttingen – Universitätsenergie Göttingen GmbH) – An unorthodox exploration and exploitation strategy for the development of an unconventional geothermal reservoir, the Göttingen University campus demo site

Session 2: Increase heat production from existing geothermal plants and oil wells

  • 14:00 – 15:00 Ivan Rasjl (UNIZG-FER) – Site-specific environmental and economic assessment of EGS using Data-Management Tool (DMT)
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Eric Léoutre (Vermilion Energy) – Co-production of oil and geothermal heat: opportunities and challenges
  • 16:00 – 16:30 Break
  • 16:30 – 19:30 Oral session – Young European researchers in geothermal
  • 16:30 – 19:30 Open-room sessions – meeting with companies and research institutes

19 February 2021

  • 9:00 – 10:00 Eléonore Dalmais (ES-Géothermie) – Optimization of energy valorization on EGS plant, application to Soultz-sous-Forêts demo-site
  • 10:00 – 11:00 André-Charles Mintsa (Enogia) – ORC technology and implementation in different geological contexts
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Vincent Lanticq (Fébus Optics) – Fiber optics, an adaptable and cost-effective technology for monitoring geothermal reservoirs at different scales
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break

Session 3: Mapping best locations for future installations in Europe and promoting EGS

  • 13:00 – 14:00 Keynote lecture: Adele Manzella (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse) – Social aspects for geothermal energy development and policy implications
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Keynote lecture: David Bruhn (GFZ – TUDelft) – Determining the key parameters and suitable measures for successful EGS developments
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Bianca Wagner (Georg-August Universität Göttingen) – Concepts and data sources for mapping deep geothermal resources throughout Europe
  • 16:00 – 16:30 Break
  • 16:30 – 19:00 Oral session – Young European researchers in geothermal
  • 19:00 – 19:30 Conclusion of Geothermal Winter School

The whole planning is given in CET (UTC+1)

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