Imaging, Characterizing, and Modeling of Fracture Networks and Fluid Flow in Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Reservoirs Geothermal Lab Call Project

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Project Title Imaging, Characterizing, and Modeling of Fracture Networks and Fluid Flow in Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Reservoirs
Project Type / Topic 1 Laboratory Call for Submission of Applications for Research, Development and Analysis of Geothermal Technologies
Project Type / Topic 2 Fluid Imaging
Project Description Field tests (Fenton Hill, USA; Hijiori, Japan) strongly suggest that our ability to image fluid flow and temperature distribution in enhanced (engineered) geothermal reservoirs (EGS) needs to be dramatically improved for optimizing the operation of injection and production wells and the placement of new wells. The proposed high-resolution mapping will provide additional information about fracture network geometry and induced deformation. Combining this information with the active seismic images will enable a more complete conceptual model of the fracture networks and fluid flow/temperature distribution in the EGS, which is vitally needed for successful EGS operations.
State New Mexico
Objectives Develop a super-resolution seismic imaging method for imaging fractures and fluid flow using time-lapse vertical seismic profiling (VSP) and micro-earthquake (MEQ) data.
Awardees (Company / Institution) Los Alamos National Laboratory


Partner 1 National Energy Technology Laboratory






Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-PS36-09GO99017
DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $1,005,893.00
Total Project Cost $1,005,893.00


Principal Investigator(s) Lianjie Huang, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Other Principal Investigators Grant Bromhal, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Targets / Milestones - Improve image resolution for fracture detection.


- Image the flow in the fractures with super-resolution imaging.
- Quantify fluid flow and temperature changes during and after stimulation.



Location of Project Los Alamos, NM : Morgantown, WV



Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]

References

  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs