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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.

What makes geothermal projects a success? Second DESTRESS workshop at GeoTHERM Offenburg

Even though geothermal heat is a promising source to enrich and contribute to the renewable energy mix, it is not risk-free. The question therefore is: what makes a geothermal project successful? ...

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Geothermal reservoir characterization and well testing

Geothermal reservoir characterization and well testing

After drilling a geothermal well into a reservoir, one needs to characterize its properties and assess the well properties. This knowledge is essential for efficient and fast decisions, for example to configure soft stimulation treatments, as well as for the design of surface facilities. Read more in our latest best practice report.

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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Join our Mid-Term Conference in Glasgow

DESTRESS will meet in Glasgow for its midterm conference this spring. If you would like to join us, please register yourself here until 21 March 2018. The participation is free of charge. Read more.

Access Programmes

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