NWE has to reduce CO2 emission. One major source of CO2 is the production of electricity and heat by burning fossil fuels, which could be vastly replaced by using deep geothermal energy (DGE). However, the exploration of DGE in most NWE regions requires specific expertise and technologies in the complex geological situations (strongly faulted high permeable carbonates and coarse clastic rocks) that lie across the borders between Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
It is the objective of DGE-Rollout to produce energy and reduce CO2 emissions by replacing fossil fuels through the increased usage of DGE in NWE for large-scale infrastructures requiring high-temperature heat supplies to cover their basic energy loads. This will be achieved by mapping and networking (WPT1), by the application of innovative decision, exploration strategies (WPT2) and testing for production optimization (WPT3).
In two pilots (Balmatt, BE; Bochum, DE) production optimization will be tested by implementing high-temperature heat pumps and new cascading schemes from high (>100°C, big network) to low tempatures (>50°C, single enterprise) and to gain a CO2 reduction of 25 000 t/a. By realising further plants in DE, FR, BE, NL this will reach up to 160 000 t/a until 2022. It is estimated that 10 years after the project’s end, at least 1 600 000 t/a reduction will have been achieved. In the long term, it is expected to reach up to 7 000 000 t/a.
Further activities will apply innovative decision and exploration strategies that cost less, reduce risks, are more reliable and will show a 3D Atlas of the complex geological situation as the spatial basis usable for DGE. To set the stage for increased public acceptance of DGE, tools, planning and legal conditions need to be evaluated and business models for enterprises undertaken. A network/cluster “NWE-DGE” will be set up to sustain the outputs and investments in the long term roll-out after the end of the project.
DMT GmbH & Co. KG
1 Am Technologiepark
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
29 Vautier street
International Geothermal Centre, Bochum University of Applied Sciences
RWE Power AG
The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Flemish Institute for Technological Research
French geological survey
3 Avenue Claude Guillemin
Orléans Cedex 2
Geological Survey of NRW
|Geological Survey of NRW||Martin Salamon||
|DMT GmbH & Co. KG||Boris Dombrowskifirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|EBN B.V.||Nora Heijnenemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences||Yves Vanbrabantfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
|International Geothermal Centre, Bochum University of Applied Sciences||Dr. Meral Feroemail@example.com||Germany|
|RWE Power AG||Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research||Hans Veldkampemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|Technische Universität Darmstadt||Daniel Schultefirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|Flemish Institute for Technological Research||Ben Laenenemail@example.com||Belgium|
|French geological survey||Mathieu Darnetfirstname.lastname@example.org||France|