In Central Europe, the largest geothermal potential resides in the crystalline basement rock with important hotspots in tectonically stressed areas. To better harvest this energy form under sustainable, predictable and efficient conditions, new focused, scientific driven strategies are needed. Similar to other geo-technologies, the complex processes in the subsurface need to be investigated in large-scale facilities to ensure environmental sustainability. The proposed new underground research laboratory GeoLaB (Geothermal Laboratory in the Crystalline Basement) will address...
Parametric optimization and comparative study of an organic Rankine cycle power plant for two-phase geothermal sourcesChaofan Chen , Francesco Witte , Ilja Tuschy , Olaf Kolditz & Haibing Shao
For two-phase geothermal resource, Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) based binary plant is often applied for power production. In this work, a network topology was built with the Thermal Engineering Systems in Python (TESPy) software to simulate the stationary operation of the ORC plant. With this topology, the performance of nine different working fluids are compared. From the thermodynamic perspective, the gross and net power output is optimized respectively. Results show that R600 has the highest...
Acid fracturing technique has been widely used in the oil and gas industry for improving the carbonate reservoir permeability. In recent years this chemical stimulation technique is borrowed from the oil and gas industry, employed in the enhanced geothermal systems at Groß Schönebeck, Germany (Zimmermann et al., 2010), and at Soultz-sous-Forêts, France (Portier et. al., 2009). In principle, acid fracturing technique utilizes strong acids that react with acid-soluble rock matrix to non-uniformly etch the fracture...
Digitalisation and FAIR data are overarching elements in the Helmholtz Research Field Earth and Environment (RF E&E) Program-Oriented Funding Phase IV (PoF IV). Already in the transition years from PoF III to PoF IV (2019/2020) different measures were implemented to facilitate this aim. One of them is the so-called DataHub, with the aim that all Earth System (ES) data that is generated by the RF E&E will be available as FAIR data via a common...
Stormwater harvesting in ephemeral streams: how to effectively bypass clogging layers and thick vadose zonesJose David Henao Casas , Fritz Kalwa , Marc Walther & Randolf Rausch
In drylands, stormwater is often collected in surface basins and subsequently stored in shallow aquifers via infiltration to cope with water scarcity. These groundwater recharge schemes are often accompanied by high evaporation rates and hygiene problems due to low infiltration rates, which are a consequence of clogging layers on the topsoil and the presence of a thick vadose zone. The present study aims to develop a conceptual solution to increase groundwater recharge rates in stormwater...
The Yarmouk River is the primary tributary to the Jordan River and a strategic transboundary freshwater resource of Syria, Jordan, and Israel. In the past decades, the Yarmouk watershed has been extensively exploited by the riparian with the construction of dams including the Al-Wehda and Adassiyeh dams. The operation of the dams is guided by international water agreements between Jordan and Israel and Jordan and Syria and control the flux of the Yarmouk River. Repeated...
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research6
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences3
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology2
Technical University of Darmstadt2
Flensburg University of Applied Sciences1
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel1
TU Bergakademie Freiberg1
Thüringer Ministerium für Umwelt, Energie und Naturschutz1
Technical University of Madrid1