EGU21-15437, updated on 04 Mar 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-15437
EGU General Assembly 2021
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EASYGO - Efficiency and Safety in Geothermal Operations – A new Innovative Training Network

Maren Brehme1, Martin O Saar2, Evert Slob1, Paola Bombarda3, Hansruedi Maurer2, Florian Wellmann4, Phil J Vardon1, David Bruhn1, and Easygo Team1
Maren Brehme et al.
  • 1TU Delft, Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Department of Geoscience and Engineering, Delft, Netherlands (m.brehme@tudelft.nl)
  • 2ETH Zürich, Erdwissenschaften, Sonneggstrasse 5, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
  • 3Politecnico di Milano, Department of Energy, via Lambruschini 4, 20156 Milano, Italy
  • 4RWTH Aachen, Wüllnerstraße 2, 52062 Aachen, Germany

How to operate a geothermal system in the most efficient and safe manner? This is the most important and urgent question after a geothermal resource has been identified. The recently funded Innovative Training Network ‘EASYGO‘ will answer that question from different perspectives and give high-level training for early stage researchers (ESR; here PhD candidates) in geothermal operations.

Tackling the challenges of sustainable geothermal operations requires an interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach. To achieve the main objective, researchers will work on the whole chain of geothermal operations, from production to power-plant engineering to injection. They will develop novel monitoring concepts, perform real-time simulations, develop system components, assess novel concepts for operations and test operational parameters at the field scale. The major strength and originality of the programme is that it is developed around large-scale infrastructure. Researchers will have access to the infrastructure in all countries for testing equipment and doing real-time measurements.

EASYGO graduates will be a new generation of multidisciplinary experts in geothermal operations, trained to achieve standardised efficient and safe operations of geothermal systems to enable the ambitious international expansion plans. The mobility plan of EASYGO envisages each ESR to have at least one academic secondment and one industrial secondment.

EASYGO consists of an intersectoral team of experts from academic and non-academic institutions. All academic participants are members of the IDEA League, a strategic alliance of leading European universities of technology. The members of the IDEA League with a strong research profile in geothermal energy, TU Delft (The Netherlands), RWTH Aachen (Germany), ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and Politecnico di Milano (Italy), constitute the academic consortium of EASYGO. Additionally, ten industry partners from all countries drive the research from an applied point of view. Our ambition is to contribute to making Europe a world leader in geothermal science, operational technology and education, thereby accelerating the energy transition.

How to cite: Brehme, M., Saar, M. O., Slob, E., Bombarda, P., Maurer, H., Wellmann, F., Vardon, P. J., Bruhn, D., and Team, E.: EASYGO - Efficiency and Safety in Geothermal Operations – A new Innovative Training Network, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-15437, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-15437, 2021.

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