By the end of the course, the student will obtain an in-depth understanding of conceptual models of the genesis of various types of geothermal energy and shale gas resources at geological time scales and favourable conditions for CO2 and underground gas storage. The course aims to transfer a basic understanding of the various exploration techniques and workflows, and in depth understanding of applying such workflows in selected case studies for regional resource assessment and site screening. The students will obtain a basic understanding of production/storage processes and rock-fluid interactions, and in depth understanding of societal and technical challenges related to potential leakage, induced seismicity and methods to mitigate unsolicited effects. The course will transfer the skills for pursuing a career in the resources industry, with particular focus on the future generation of sustainable geo-resources.
The course focusses on deep (>1km) geo-energy resources, with significant future growth potential including geothermal energy, CO2 and underground gas storage, shale oil and gas.|
The course is set up in several modules:
- an introduction into the geosystem: from large-scale geodynamic models to the local resource system, including an overview of unconventional and sustainable geo-resources and their relevance for society and the environment.
- a comprehensive overview of conceptual models of shale gas and coal bed methane as well as upstream exploration methodologies. The module continues with an analysis of the energy and CO2 storage with a focus on the reservoir scale.
- a comprehensive overview of conceptual models of the genesis of various types of geothermal energy resources and covers performance assessment and underlying uncertainties. It discusses various types of geothermal aquifers (e.g, carbonates, magmatic) and gives an outlook to enhanced geothermal systems. The module links the large scale geological and geodynamical evolution to the favourable conditions for the formation of unconventional and sustainable resources with a key quantitative approach.
- various exploration techniques and workflows applied at regional and site scales, used for regional resource assessment and site characterization and screening. The module provides a number of hands on practical exercises to demonstrate the use of the workflows. The workflow is designed to cover the technical, organizational and technical aspects.
- exploitation risks, in particular towards in depth understanding of societal and technical challenges related to potential leakage and induced seismicity; and methods to mitigate through monitoring and stakeholder involvement unsolicited effects.
Transferrable skills gained in the course:
- Ability to work in a team: The class room and computer assignments during the course modules are performed in teams.
- Written communication skills: Results of the assignments have to be presented in short reports. Feedback is given on the reports during the course.
- Problem-solving skills: Team strategy and analytical insight is required to understand the fundamental control of crustal and sedimentary thermal properties on temperature evolution in the lithosphere.
- Analytical/quantitative skills: students are introduced to a variety of methods to assess the resource potential of deep geothermal wells.
- Flexibility/adaptability: As the course is run in only 5 weeks, a good personal and team time planning is required to finish all assignments in time. Weekly varying flexibility is needed to adjust issues with overlapping other activities and courses.
- Technical skills: Students will learn how to use several software tools to perform a quantitative resource assessment study.