Evaluation and Improvements of Geothermal Models using Inverse Analysis

 Project ID: 09-01-028
 Project Coordination:  University of Iceland
 Name of Coordinator:  Magnús Þór Jónsson
 Other Partners: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
 Duration: 3 years
 Total Project cost:  49.597.000 ISK
 GEORG Funding: 16.910.000 ISK
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    Final Report:  - Download pdf 


Project Abstract

Project placed emphasis on establishing an inverse modelling methodology to use it on three different aspects of geothermal power development, i.e.: analysing geothermal system’s workloads, a thermal and structural analysis of wells and wellheads, and optimizing the steam gathering systems and examine the functionality of separator stations. In the project, experiments performed on pressure drops, temperature changes and quality factors used with inverse analysis to adjust models that have been developed for analysing those factors. The main objectives: develop a technology to improve usage of geothermal reservoirs and to optimize the placement of wells, steam gathering system and separators. Secondly, enlarge know-how in this important field of geothermal exploration in Iceland. Thirdly, encourage cooperation with a research group in this field at the Berkeley Lab. Lastly, develop knowledge and a technology that will benefit development of geothermal power production in Iceland.

Project finished in 2013