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GENERATE - GEophysical and Numerical Experiments for Reservoir Analysis and fluid-Transported Energy

Applicant Lupi Matteo
Number 166900
Funding scheme Assistant Professor (AP) Energy Grants
Research institution Section des Sciences de la Terre et de l'environnement Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Geology
Start/End 01.07.2016 - 30.06.2020
Approved amount 1'164'725.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Geology
Geophysics

Keywords (5)

fluid flow; reservoir stimulation; geothermal energy; seismicity; Great Geneva Basin

Lay Summary (Italian)

Lead
Nell'ambito del progetto SCCER e seguendo l’agenda Svizzera per uno sviluppo energetico sostenibile GENERATE ha lo scopo di sviluppare metodi innovativi per l’estrazione di risorse geotermiche. Il progetto include metodi numerici, osservazioni geologiche e tecniche geofisiche.
Lay summary

GENERATE si articola in quattro studi complementari che hanno lo scopo di caratterizzare il bacino Ginevrino e condurre ricerca sulle tecniche di stimolazione di reservoirs ecosostenibili.

 

In particolare, GENERATE si propone di rispondere alle seguenti domande:

  • È possibile costruire un modello di circolazione di fluidi a scala kilometrica per valuatre la il potenziale geotermico del bacino Ginevrino?
  • È possibile stimolare un sistema geotermico (cioè il grande bacino Ginevra) mediante energia sismica?
  • Qual è la natura dell'interazione tra il passaggio di onde sismiche e trasporto di fluidi?
  • E' possibile utilizzare metodi di sismica passiva come una tecnica affidabile e conveniente per l'esplorazione di un sistema geotermico?

Queste quattro domande saranno affrontate da quattro progetti complementari, che risolveranno problemi specifici per la programmazione energetica ecosostenibile sia a breve che a lungo termine.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 01.06.2016

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
Numerical simulations of passing seismic waves at the Larderello-Travale Geothermal Field, Italy
Lupi M. Fuchs F. Saenger H. E (2017), Numerical simulations of passing seismic waves at the Larderello-Travale Geothermal Field, Italy, in Geophys. Res. Lett, 5418-5426.
Constraints on density changes in the funnel-shaped caldera inferred from gravity monitoring of the Lusi mud eruption.
Mauri G. Husein A. Mazzini A. Karyono K. Obermann A. C. Bertrand G. Lupi M. Prasetyo H, Constraints on density changes in the funnel-shaped caldera inferred from gravity monitoring of the Lusi mud eruption., in Marine and Petroleum Geology.
Lusi hydrothermal structure inferred through ambient vibration measurements, Marine and Petroleum Geology
Panzera F. D’Amico S. Lupi M. Mauri G Karyono K. Mazzini A, Lusi hydrothermal structure inferred through ambient vibration measurements, Marine and Petroleum Geology, in Marine and Petroleum Geology.
Modelling fluid flow in clastic eruptions: application to the Lusi mud eruption.
Collignon Marine, Modelling fluid flow in clastic eruptions: application to the Lusi mud eruption., in Marine and Petroleum Geology.
Regional earthquakes followed by delayed ground uplifts at Campi Flegrei Caldera, Italy: arguments for a causal link.
Lupi M. Frehner M. Saenger E.H. Tisato N. Weis P. Geiger S. Chiodini G. Driesner T, Regional earthquakes followed by delayed ground uplifts at Campi Flegrei Caldera, Italy: arguments for a causal link., in Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Knut-Andreas Lie/SINTEF Applied Mathematics/ Norway (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Prof. Marie Violay/EPFL Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Stefan Wiemer/SED Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Sebastian Geiger - Carbonate Reservoir Simulation/ Heriot-Watt University Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
EGU 2019 Talk given at a conference Session organiser and Oral and poster presentations 08.04.2019 Vienna, Austria Collignon Marine; Planes Thomas; Lupi Matteo;
EGU 2018 Talk given at a conference From hydrothermal systems to mud volcanoes: structure, evolution and monitoring of active and fossile piercements 08.04.2018 Vienna, Austria Jiwani-Brown Elliot Amir; Planes Thomas; Lupi Matteo;
AGU2017 Talk given at a conference V24A: From Hydrothermal Systems to Mud Volcanoes: Structure, Evolution, and Monitoring of Active and Fossil Piercements 11.12.2017 New Orleans, United States of America Marion Alcanie; Planes Thomas; Lupi Matteo;
EGU 2017 / session organizer Talk given at a conference From hydrothermal systems to mud volcanoes: structure, evolution and monitoring of active and fossile piercements 24.04.2017 Vienna, Austria Lupi Matteo;
Invited talk Universitz of Lausanne Individual talk Earthquakes and fluids in piercement structures 20.02.2017 Lausanne, Switzerland Lupi Matteo;
Invited Seminar at the Universitz of Neuchatel Individual talk Tales of the intimate relationship between earthquakes and piercement structures 31.10.2016 neuchatel, Switzerland Lupi Matteo;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
SIG (Services Industriels de Geneve) Day - Symphosium 22.05.2018 Geneva, Switzerland

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Interview for RTS Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 13.10.2018 Geneva, Switzerland


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: radio, television Naples sous la menace des champs Phlégréens RTS - CQFD Western Switzerland 2017

Abstract

Within the framework of SCCER and in agreement with the Swiss plan for the sustainable development of renewable energies this project will generate innovative ideas for geothermal reservoir stimulation, provide a quantitative understanding of geothermal resources in the Great Geneva Basin and test cost-effective geophysical exploration methods for geothermal systems. GENERATE proposes an interdisciplinary work-package articulating around the hypothesis that incoming seismic energy with specific central frequencies may affect pore pressures in the reservoir unclogging pore throats and ultimately allowing a more effective fluid flow at depth. To achieve this goal GENERATE asks funding to support two PhD studentships, two PostDoc positions and instrumentation.GENERATE proposes to combine numerical simulations and geophysical methods with the ultimate goals of assessing the geothermal potential of the Great Geneva Basin and identifying target areas for drilling. GENERATE will focus on the Canton of Geneva and will use the natural laboratory of the Rio Sucio Fault System, Costa Rica, as a proxy to asses the effects of incoming seismic waves (i.e. seismic external forcing) on geothermal systems. The acquired knowledge will be fundamental for a better understanding and optimization of the Swiss study case.The Great Geneva Basin is characterized by a moderate heat flow but the advanced geophysical exploration conducted in the area represents an unprecedented geological and geophysical basis for the development of a geothermal assessment of the area. In this framework GENERATE will advance research and development by addressing four specific major questions:- Is it possible to build a large-scale fluid flow model of the Great Geneva Basin to quantitatively assess the geothermal potential of the area?- Is it possible to stimulate a geothermal system (i.e. the Great Geneva Basin) by means of seismic energy?- What is the nature of the interaction between passing seismic waves and induced heat and mass transport?- Is it possible to use passive seismic methods as a reliable and cost-effective technique for the exploration of a geothermal system?These questions will be addressed by four complementary projects, which will answer more specific problems for both the short- and long-term planning. GENERATE follows SCCER’s philosophy and has the potential to produce applied and fundamental findings while delivering novel research across various disciplines of earth sciences. Most notably, GENERATE will provide an important contribution for the development of geothermal energy in Switzerland.
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