Geothermal Energy In Sedimentary Basins- What We Can Learn From Regional Numerical Models

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Journal Article: Geothermal Energy In Sedimentary Basins- What We Can Learn From Regional Numerical Models

Abstract
Understanding the interactions between the different processes that control the geothermal and fluid flow fields in sedimentary basins is crucial for exploitation of geothermal energy. Numerical models provide predictive and feasible information for a correct assessment of geothermal resources especially in areas where data acquisition is demanding. Here, we present results from numerical efforts to characterize the thermal structure and its interaction with the fluid system for the area of the North East German Basin (NEGB). The relative impact of the different (diffusive and advective) processes affecting the hydrothermal setting of the basin are investigated by means of three-dimensional numerical simulations. Lithospheric-scale numerical models are evaluated to understand the specific thermal signature of the relevant factors influencing the present-day conductive geothermal field in the NEGB. Shallow and deep structural controls on the thermal configuration of the basin are addressed and quantified. Interaction between the resulting thermal field and the active fluid system is investigated by means of three-dimensional simulations of coupled fluid flow and heat transport. Factors influencing stability and reliability of modeling predictions are discussed. The main effort is to build a physically consistent model for the basin which integrates the impacts of thermal gradients on the regional fluid regime and their coupling with the main geological units defining the basin.

Authors 
Mauro Cacace, Bjorn Onno Kaiser, Bjorn Lewerenz and Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth








Published Journal 
Chemie der Erde - Geochemistry, Date Not Provided





DOI 
10.1016/j.chemer.2010.05.017


 

Citation

Mauro Cacace,Bjorn Onno Kaiser,Bjorn Lewerenz,Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth. . Geothermal Energy In Sedimentary Basins- What We Can Learn From Regional Numerical Models. Chemie der Erde - Geochemistry. (!) .