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Geothermal energy utilization in low-enthalpy sedimentary environments

Norden, B. (Ed.) (2011): Geothermal energy utilization in low-enthalpy sedimentary environments, (Scientific Technical Report STR ; 11/06), Potsdam : Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, 101 S.: Ill., graph. Darst. p.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.2312/GFZ.b103-11066



http://gfzpublic.gfz-potsdam.de/pubman/item/escidoc:23142
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Norden ,  Ben
4.1 Reservoir Technologies , 4.0 Chemistry and Material Cycles, Departments, GFZ Publication Database, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum;
Scientific Technical Report STR, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum;
ICGR International Center for Geothermal Research, Geoengineering Centres, GFZ Publication Database, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum;

Abstract
The present work tries to condense the state‐of‐the‐art for the exploration and exploitation of geothermal energy. Although a lot of experiences from different sites worldwide are integrated in this study, some sections do reflect the German experience. For example, the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG, see page 78) enables also a specific promotion and growth of the geothermal sector in Germany by guaranteeing special feed‐in tariffs for a 20‐years period. During the last years, several countries worldwide have introduced similar renewable energy promotion policies (some of them restricted to certain energy sources only or requiring a certain renewable energy quote), supporting investigations also in geothermal applications. Thus, the experiences in Germany may be of some value. Dependent on the political‐economical framework, the geothermal exploration and exploitation of deeper reservoirs represents an excellent option to extend geothermal applications also in areas where shallow geothermal reservoirs may not be able to match the local energy demand. Therefore, also challenges related to the exploration and exploitation of deep low‐permeability reservoirs are included in this study.