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A Spanish public institution (coordinator) is preparing a proposal "Deep underground geothermic potential survey in the area of Ascó" to the Call: HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03-15.
The objective is to define the actual potential for the deployment and exploitation of a deep underground geothermal power plant in the area nearby to Ascó (Catalonia).
Looking for technological partners for its deployment; specially with partners with a new technology to test and deploy in the geothermal field
Spain has a chronical lack in deep geological surveys which affect negatively to the deployment of geothermal energy in the peninsula but opens the door to the testing and development and field deployment of new probing techniques in geothermal survey and subsurface modelling. There’s virtually no geothermal power plant in Spain even when in most EU countries it has been deployed in a greater or smaller scale.
The project aims to define the actual potential for the deployment and exploitation of a deep underground geothermal power plant in the area nearby to Ascó (Catalonia).
The project will be based with a geophysical inspection survey down to 2000m depth supplemented altogether with a conventional testimony logging survey down to a 1000m, including the new temperature probe testing and deployment.
With all the data gathered they expect to be able to define depth of exploitation for geothermal generation of energy with a sizeable power plant and future output of a power plant located there securing its geothermal resources.
The title of the proposal is: "Deep underground geothermic potential survey in the area of Ascó" to be submitted to the topic HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03-15 "Solutions for more sustainable geothermal energy"
The Spanish institution is seeking for technological partners well versed in the proceedings required for its deployment; specially with future partners with a new technology to test and deploy in the geothermal field that require funding in order to do so and a survey project site to be implemented.
Call: HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03-15 "Solutions for more sustainable geothermal energy"
Call deadline: 23 Feb 2022
EOI Deadline: 12 Nov 2021
Project duration (estimation): 3 years
Advantages and Innovations
The main advantage of geothermal is the extremely low cost of operation and high energy output (comparable even to a nuclear power plant).
With the actual data they have, the area has susceptibility to geothermal potential but without a more localized survey it’s impossible to evaluate the actual possibility of its deployment.
To attain this they will introduce a new thermal probe (thermometer) with greater precision and increase resulting subsurface model’s exactitude.
Nevertheless, this call is actually mainly aimed to future partners with a technological novelty requiring field testing and funding
The technology behind the entire project is well tested and proved, nevertheless it has not been implemented in Spain to date. The new technical methodology to be deployed is in TRL4 right now and is expected to reach complete TRL8 by the end of this project with its deployment widely in the EU future surveys for geothermal exploration
Contact/ source: Detail (europa.eu)
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