We believe that disseminating progress and results is crucial to the success and impact of the DESTRESS project. Lessons learnt will be disseminated to the public. The business cases will be set out with cost and benefit estimates based on the proven changes in system performance. All the steps included in the DESTRESS approach are designed to be transferable to other sites, so that the concepts can become the basis for a standardised procedure in the development of EGS projects.

Final DESTRESS Report

On about 40 pages you learn everything about the DESTRESS projects, its results and insights. The report includes a summary of each scientific work package as well as a timeline showing important DESTRESS events, milestones reached, site visits and much more. In addition, all best practice reports compiled during the last four years are summarised and presented within the report. Have a look here: DESTRESS Final Report 2020


Business Case

Risk Assessment 

Demonstration of combined hydraulic-thermal-chemical treatments

Demonstration of cyclic hydraulic and multi-stage treatments

Intelligent tools for controlling performance and environment

Dissemination, communication and outreach



Azzola, J., Schmittbuhl, J., Zigone, D., Lengliné, O., Masson, F., Magnenet, V., (2020), "Elastic strain effects on wave scattering: implications for coda wave interferometry" (CWI). Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, e2019JB018974, DOI:

Broccardo, M., Mignan, A., Grigoli, F., Karvounis, D., Rinaldi, A. P., Danciu, L., Hofmann, H., Milkereit, C., Dahm, T., Zimmermann, G.,  Hjörleifsdóttir, V. and Wiemer, S. (2020), "Induced seismicity risk analysis of the hydraulic stimulation of a geothermal well on Geldinganes, Iceland", Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 20, 1573-1593, DOI: 10.5194/nhess-20-1573-2020

Farquharson, J.I., Kushnir, A.R.L., Wild, B. et al. (2020), "Physical property evolution of granite during experimental chemical stimulation". Geotherm Energy 8, 14, DOI:

Fokker, P., Singh, A., Wassing, B. (2020), "A semianalytic time‐resolved poro‐elasto‐plastic model for wellbore stability and stimulation", Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, DOI:


Azzola, J., Valley, B., Schmittbuhl, J., and Genter, A. (2019), "Stress characterization and temporal evolution of borehole failure at the Rittershoffen geothermal project", Solid Earth, 10, 1155-1180,

Hofmann, H., Zimmermann, G., Farkas, M., Huenges, E., Zang, A., Leonhardt, M., Kwiatek, G., Martinez-Garzon, P., Bohnhoff, M., Min, K.-B., Fokker, P., Westaway, R., Bethmann, F., Meier, P., Yoon, K. S., Choi, J. W., Lee, T. J. and Kim, K. Y. (2019), “First field application of cyclic soft stimulation at the Pohang Enhanced Geothermal System site in Korea”, Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 217, No 2, 2019, p. 926–949,

Hofmann, H., Zimmermann, G., Zang, A., Min, K.-B. (2019), “Correction to Cyclic soft stimulation (CSS): a new fluid injection protocol and traffic light system to mitigate seismic risks of hydraulic stimulation treatments”, Geothermal Energy.

Lucas, Y., Ngo V. V., Clément, A., Fritz, B., Schäfer, G. (2019), "Modelling acid stiumlation in th eenhanced geothermal system of Soultz-sous-Forêts (Alsace, France)", Geothermics.

Salina Borello, E.Fokker, P. A.Viberti, D.Verga, F.Hofmann, H.Meier, P., et al. ( 2019). Harmonic pulse testing for well monitoring: Application to a fractured geothermal reservoirWater Resources Research55


Azzola, J., Schmittbuhl, J., Zigone, D., Magnenet, V. and Masson, F. (2018), “Direct Modeling of the Mechanical Strain Influence on Coda Wave Interferometry”, Journal of Geophysical Research, April 2018.

Brehme, M., Regenspurg, S., Leary, P., Bulut, F., Milsch, H., Petrauskas, S., Valickas, R. and Blöcher, G. (2018), “Injection-Triggered Occlusion of Flow Pathways in Geothermal Operations”, Geofluids.

Grigoli, F., Cesca, S., Rinaldi, A. P., Manconi, A., López-Comino, J. A., Clinton, J. F., Westaway, R., Cauzzi, C., Dahm, T. and Wiemer, S. (2018), “The November 2017 Mw 5.5 Pohang earthquake: A possible case of induced seismicity in South Korea.” Science, pp. 1003-1006. doi: 10.1126/science.aat2010

Hofmann, H., Zimmermann, G., Zang, A. and Ki-Bok, M. (2018), “Cyclic soft stimulation (CSS): a new fluid injection protocol and traffic light system to mitigate seismic risks of hydraulic stimulation treatments“, Geothermal Energy (2018).

Konstantinos, G., Megalooikonomos, K., Parolai, S. and Pittore, M. (2018),Toward performance-driven seismic risk monitoring for geothermal platforms: development of ad hoc fragility curves”, Geothermal Energy.

Massin, F. and Malcolm, A. (2018), “Probabilistic Focal Mechanism Estimation Based on Body‐Wave Waveforms through Source‐Scanning Algorithm“, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

Pittore, M., Haas, M. and Megalooikonomou, K. (2018),Risk-Oriented, Bottom-Up Modeling of Building Portfolios With Faceted Taxonomies”, Frontiers in Built Environment, Vol. 4, 2018.

Welter, S., Siefert, D., Mergner, H., Kölbel, T. and Münch, W. (2018), “Risk factors within techno-economic evaluation of soft-stimulation measure”, PROCEEDINGS, 43rd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Stanford University, February 12-14, 2018

Westaway, R. (2018), “Deep Geothermal Single Well heat production: critical appraisal under UK conditions”, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, No 51, pp. 424–449 (2018).

Westaway, R. (2018), “Evidence suggests fracking linked to South Korea’s 2017 earthquake”, The Conversation, 95883, 2018.


Baujard, C., Genter, A., Dalmais, E., Maurer, V., Hehn, R., Rosillette, R., Vidal, J. and  Schmittbuhl, J. (2017), “Hydrothermal characterization of wells GRT-1 and GRT-2 in Rittershoffen, France: Implications on the understanding of natural flow systems in the rhine graben.”

Diaz, M., Kim, K. Y., Yeom, S., Zhuang, L., Park, S. and Min, K. B. (2017), “Surface roughness characterization of open and closed rock joints in deep cores using X-ray computed tomography”, Int J Rock Mech Min Sci, 98:10-19.

Grigoli, F., Boese, M, Scarabello, L., Diehl, T., Weber, B., Weimer, S. and Clinton, J.F (2017), “Picking vs Waveform based detection and location methods for induced seismicity monitoring

Grigoli F., Cesca, S., Massin, F., Obermann, A., Strauch, W., Clinton, J. F. and Wiemer, S. (2017), “Automated seismic event location combining waveform stacking and relative location techniques

Grigoli, F., Cesca, S., Priolo, E., Rinaldi, A.P., Clinton, J. F., Stabile, T. A., Dost, B., Garcia Fernandez, M., Wiemer, S. and Dahm, T. (2017), “Current challenges in monitoring, discrimination and management of induced seismicity related to underground industrial activities: a European perspective

Király-Proag, E. Gischig, V., Zechar, JD and Wiemer, S. (2017), “Multi-component ensemble models to forecast induced seismicity”

Maurer, V., Cuenot, N., Richard, A. and Grunberg, M. (2017). “On-going seismic monitoring of the Rittershoffen and the Soultz EGS projects (Alsace, France)

Meyer, G., Baujard, C., Hehn, R., Genter, A. and McClure, M. (2017). “Analysis and numerical modelling of pressure drops observed during hydraulic stimulation of GRT-1 geothermal well (Rittershoffen, France).

Ngo, V.V., Lucas, Y., Clement, A. and Fritz, B. (2017). “Modeling the impact of temperature on the saturation state and behavior of minerals in the geothermal Soultz-sous-Forêts.

Vidal, J., Genter, A. and Chopin, F. (2017), “Permeable fracture zones in the hard rocks of the geothermal reservoir at Rittershoffen, France



Baujard, C., Genter, A., Dalmais, E., Maurer, V., Hehn, R. and Rosillette, R. (2016), “Temperature and hydraulic properties of the Rittershoffen EGS reservoir, France.”

Maurer, V., Grunberg, M., Cuenot, N. and Richard, A. (2016), “Towards calibrating an automatic detection system to monitor microseismic activity induced by geothermal projects in the Upper Rhine Graben”

Richard, A., Maurer, V. and Lehujeur M. (2016), “Induced vibrations during a geothermal project and acceptability, how to avoid divorce?

Vidal, J., Chopin, F., Genter, A. and Dalmais E. (2016), “Natural fractures and permeability at the geothermal site Rittershoffen, France

Vidal, J., Genter, A. and Schmittbuhl, J. (2016), “Pre- and post-stimulation characterization of geothermal well GRT-1, Rittershoffen, France: insights from acoustic image logs of hard fractured rock”