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How to drill and operate a well?

How to Drill and Operate a Well?

Drilling a well is more than just boring into the ground. A well designer must know before drilling what is expected from the wellbore in order to determine for example its hole size diameter or possible stabilization measures. Therefore, our fourth best practice report presents a guideline to successfully drilling and operation wells. Read the full report here.

Best practices for risk assessment in geothermal projects

Best Practices for Risk Assessment in Geothermal Projects

The long timeline of a geothermal project with the drilling, construction and operation phase poses numerous risks such as legislation, accidents and public acceptance. Therefore, risks should already be assessed in the beginning of a project. Key to a reliable risk assessment are expert interviews or, wherever available, historical data. Our new best practice report deals in more detail with the topic risk assessment.

Best Practice Report: The Importance of Geo- and Hydrochemistry

Best Practice Report: the Importance of Geo- and Hydrochemistry

To successfully run a geothermal plant, it is crucial to know how fluids, rock minerals and gases interact in the underground. A poor understanding of those processes can result in corrosion of plant, clogging of wells and reservoirs and may even cause environmental problems. Our new best practice report deals with the question how to design a geo- and hydrochemical sampling campaign for a geothermal programme. Read the full report here.

3rd Access Programme: Joint Horizon 2020 event of DESTRESS and DEEPEGS

Framing the geothermal workshop in Karlsruhe "Characterization of Deep Geothermal Systems" in mid-October, ES-Géothermie (ESG) scientists and staff members offer two field trips to the geothermal power plant sites in Soultz-sous-Fôrets and Rittershoffen in France. These side events will take place on the 11 and 14 of October.

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Joint Efforts to Strengthen Geothermal Energy

Geothermal heat is a promising source to enrich and significantly contribute to the renewable energy mix in a long-term perspective. To foster the use of geothermal energy in a secure, clean and efficient way, the European Commission (EC) supports twelve projects within the Horizon 2020 Programme (H2020) and pursues one project of the former 7th Framework Programme (FP7). This brings together almost 20 countries and numerous stakeholders, providing a wide range of knowledge and expertise to strengthen the use of geothermal energy.

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First Best Practice Report Available

An important achievement of DESTRESS is the compilation of best practice reports. New techniques, innovations, or crucial experiences gained within DESTRESS are made available to an interested audience. Several reports will be published at irregular intervals until the end of the project.

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Midterm Conference

In spring 2018 DESTRESS will meet in Glasgow for its midterm conference. Please save the date, further information will follow.

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Fruitful and Demanding Get-Together at the 2nd General Assembly

Travelling to the General Assembly in Klaipeda, Lithuania, was quite a challenge for many participants. But productive sessions and face-to-face encounters on the "working side" as well as good food and even sunshine on the "leisure side" made the journey more than worthwhile.

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Site Visit in Alsatian Geothermal plants for Citizens of the Canton Jura

On March 11th, a visit of the geothermal power plants of Soultz-sous-Forêts and Rittershoffen was organised by Geo-Energie Suisse SA (GES) and Électricité de Strasbourg Géothermie (ÉSG) for citizens of the Canton Jura, Switzerland, where GES is planning its Haute-Sorne project.

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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 Programme

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

Upcoming event: 

  • 3rd Access Programme: Joint Horizon 2020 event of DEEPEGS & DESTRESS, 11-14 October 2017

For details and application process, see  Access Programme.