Through the support of selected research project GEORG aims to stimulate knowledge gaining and knowledge sharing among the participants of the group and on broader level.
Results and publications of these research efforts can be found on this website.
Research on the nature of geothermal systems is a geological subject, which requires fundamental knowledge of the nature of the host rock, reservoir fluid properties, chemical processes at different temperatures and pressures, and geological makeup of the geothermal areas and the upper crust when focusing on deep drilling options.
In the context of obtaining better understanding of the geothermal resources, the development of in-silico mathematical simulation models plays a key role in assessing possibilities and effects of utilization of the geothermal resources based on input data from measurements of a large number of variables. This includes factors / variables relating to e.g. sustainability, economics, socio-economics, energy harvesting, technologies, and limitations that may apply.
The following list gives an overview of the initial key priority research areas that GEORG focues on:
- Further the understanding of geothermal systems, especially their deeper parts, by applying an array of existing and new exploration methods, laboratory experiments and numerical simulations, and in this way enhancing the economical harvesting of this resource in a sustainable manner,
- Improved design, and technical solutions for utilization of geothermal resources. This would include issues like e.g. drilling technology, borehole casings, equipment and pipelines on the surface, electricity production and/or hot water production, and geothermal liquid/steam wastes sustainable use or depositing,
- To enhance knowledge required for sustainable utilization and operation of energy harvesting from geothermal resources,
- Develop methods to minimize environmental impacts from harvesting geothermal energy,
- To establish understanding of current barriers to geothermal resources utilization, and to mitigate their removal, and promote globally sustainable use of the geothermal resources,
- To analyse in detail the social and economic impact that utilisation of geothermal energy has had on Icelandic society,
- Develop new innovative and multiple uses for the geothermal fluids.