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Temperature Predictions for geothermal Exploration – a Lithospheric-scale 3D Approach applied to the Northern Upper Rhine Graben

Freymark, J. and Sippel, J. and Scheck-Wenderoth, M. and Bär, K. and Fritsche, J.-G. and Kracht, M. and Stiller, M. (2015):
Temperature Predictions for geothermal Exploration – a Lithospheric-scale 3D Approach applied to the Northern Upper Rhine Graben.
In: Geophysical Research Abstracts, In: European Geolsciences Union General Assembly 2015, Wien, 12.-17.04.2015, [Conference or Workshop Item]

Abstract

The Upper Rhine Graben and its prolongation, the Hessian depression, were formed as part of the European Cenozoic Rift System in a complex extensional to transtensional setting. At present-day, the Upper Rhine Graben is one of Germany’s the regions in Germany that are well suitable for deep geothermal exploitation. In the framework of the EU-funded “IMAGE” project “IMAGE” (Integrated Methods for Advanced Geothermal Exploration) we aim to contribute to the development of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach for the exploration of geothermal reservoirs by understanding the processes and properties controlling the spatial distribution of key parameters such as the underground temperature. Typically, reservoir-scale numerical models are developed for predictions on the subsurface hydrothermal conditions and for reducing the risk of drilling non-productive geothermal wells. One major problem related to such models is setting appropriate boundary conditions that define, for instance, how much heat enters the reservoir from greater depths. To understand the deep thermal field of the northern Upper Rhine Graben in the federal state of Hessen, we first develop a 3D structural model that differentiates the main geological units of the lithosphere including the shallow sedimentary infill. This model allows us to solve the steady-state conductive heat equation and understand the first-order controlling factors of the regional thermal field in the region. We present the database (e.g. reflection seismic data) and the methodological workflow (involving, e.g., 3D gravity modelling) that were used to develop the lithospheric-scale 3D structural model. Furthermore, we show how certain features of the structural model such as thickness variations of the radiogenic-heat producing crystalline crust control the temperature distribution in the subsurface.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2015
Creators: Freymark, J. and Sippel, J. and Scheck-Wenderoth, M. and Bär, K. and Fritsche, J.-G. and Kracht, M. and Stiller, M.
Title: Temperature Predictions for geothermal Exploration – a Lithospheric-scale 3D Approach applied to the Northern Upper Rhine Graben
Language: English
Abstract:

The Upper Rhine Graben and its prolongation, the Hessian depression, were formed as part of the European Cenozoic Rift System in a complex extensional to transtensional setting. At present-day, the Upper Rhine Graben is one of Germany’s the regions in Germany that are well suitable for deep geothermal exploitation. In the framework of the EU-funded “IMAGE” project “IMAGE” (Integrated Methods for Advanced Geothermal Exploration) we aim to contribute to the development of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach for the exploration of geothermal reservoirs by understanding the processes and properties controlling the spatial distribution of key parameters such as the underground temperature. Typically, reservoir-scale numerical models are developed for predictions on the subsurface hydrothermal conditions and for reducing the risk of drilling non-productive geothermal wells. One major problem related to such models is setting appropriate boundary conditions that define, for instance, how much heat enters the reservoir from greater depths. To understand the deep thermal field of the northern Upper Rhine Graben in the federal state of Hessen, we first develop a 3D structural model that differentiates the main geological units of the lithosphere including the shallow sedimentary infill. This model allows us to solve the steady-state conductive heat equation and understand the first-order controlling factors of the regional thermal field in the region. We present the database (e.g. reflection seismic data) and the methodological workflow (involving, e.g., 3D gravity modelling) that were used to develop the lithospheric-scale 3D structural model. Furthermore, we show how certain features of the structural model such as thickness variations of the radiogenic-heat producing crystalline crust control the temperature distribution in the subsurface.

Title of Book: Geophysical Research Abstracts
Volume: Vol. 17
Divisions: 11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Earth Science > Geothermal Science and Technology
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Earth Science
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences
Event Title: European Geolsciences Union General Assembly 2015
Event Location: Wien
Event Dates: 12.-17.04.2015
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 13:41
Identification Number: EGU2015-1345-1
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