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The European Geothermal PhD day (EGPD) is intended to connect PhD researchers from all over Europe working in the field of geothermal energy and will celebrate its 10th anniversary at its original host institution, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Potsdam. Every year, between 50-80 young scientists from various research fields such as geology, geochemistry, rock mechanics, geophysics and mechanical engineering come together to share knowledge and experience on this promising energy resource.

Over the last decade, this venue was held in many different countries including Iceland, the Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland and Germany. Next year’s meeting will be held from 25th - 27th of February 2019 at the Albert Einstein Science Park Telegrafenberg, Potsdam. Participants at any stage of their PhD studies who are interested in presenting their work, getting feedback from fellow PhD students or who would like to explore future directions in their research and careers are welcome to join the 10th EGPD.

The conference programme will include keynote lectures from experienced researchers and academics about recent scientific and technical developments in geothermal energy, as well as socio-economic aspects, a poster session with drinks and snacks, a conference dinner and a guided tour to the geothermal underground laboratory and power plant of Groß Schönebeck, one of DESTRESS's fall back options.

For more information check their website or their flyer.

The Pohang earthquake under DESTRESS’s scrutiny

October 15, 2018 12:39 PM

On 15 November 2017, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 occurred near Pohang in South Korea. Its proximity to the nearby, now closed geothermal project and its shallow depth, triggered numerous national and international investigations with DESTRESS members contributing. In a workshop in September, the DESTRESS teams involved discussed their analyses and first results.

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Ready to soft stimulate in Mezőberény

Ready to soft stimulate in Mezőberény

DESTRESS members visited Mezőberény last summer and realised that it would be a perfect place to implement one of the soft stimulation treatments for a sandstone formation aiming to solve injection problems at the site. The local authority of Mezőberény Város Önkormányzata, which is the operator and owner of the geothermal plant, agreed to join forces with DESTRESS. The cooperation agreement was signed at the end of July 2018 and everything is prepared to act at an operational level. In a first step, members of WP4 will design a chemical stimulation concept.

Anthropogenic or not? Investigating the magnitude 5.5 Pohang earthquake in South Korea

A recently published paper in Science, written with contributions from DESTRESS partners, explores the potential link between magnitude 5.5 (Mw) earthquake in South Korea and the nearby geothermal project. If proven to be anthropogenic, it would be the largest earthquake known to have been associated with the exploitation of deep geothermal energy.

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Sad news from Glasgow

Sad news from Glasgow

Paul Younger, one of the initiators of DESTRESS, passed away last week-end. He died after serious illness peacefully surrounded by his family. Paul will remain in the memory of all DESTRESS members, not only because he was the one who defined the acronym of our project. His death is a big loss and we will miss Paul at many fronts. Our thoughts are with his wife and family.

DESTRESS met for a fruitful exchange in Glasgow

From 3 to 6 April 2018, the DESTRESS community met for four days in Glasgow. The programme included the 3rd general assembly with the progress meeting and executive and advisory board sessions as well as the midterm conference. 50 project participants took part in the internal meetings and presented the status-quo, results and upcoming work for their tasks and work packages. Furthermore, the whole consortium discussed critical topics and challenges and exchanged ideas for future steps to be taken.

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In-situ stress estimation in geothermal reservoirs

The ability to estimate stresses in deep boreholes is limited because collecting data is challenging in these depths. Thus, it is desirable to combine various stress measurement methods and follow a set of steps to construct a reliable rock stress model. The new DESTRESS report presents best practices for estimating in-situ stress in geothermal reservoirs.

Welcome to DESTRESS

DESTRESS stands for a promising and future-oriented approach to demonstrate soft stimulation methods of EGS. We focus on solutions for the exploitation of underground heat which are economical, sustainable and environmentally responsible. Co-funded by the EU, we contribute to the European energy strategy, which targets renewable energy, greenhouse gas reduction and energy efficiency. The primarily objective of DESTRESS is to develop a comprehensive compilation of good practices for successful geothermal projects through demonstration and research.

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Access Programmes

DESTRESS offers virtual and physical access to its sites. Every demonstration site differs in its environment and the stimulation techniques used.