A Predictive Model For Low-Enthalpy Geothermal Systems

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Predicting the lifetime of a reservoir is very important for planning and designing a geothermal system. Knowing the system lifetime can help in estimating how economic and viable the system is. It is therefore useful to have a reliable estimate of the system lifetime before starting a detailed study and modelling. This contribution introduces a predictive design model for deep low-enthalpy hydrothermal systems. The model predicts, empirically, the lifetime of a hydrothermal system as a function of reservoir porosity, discharge rate, well spacing, average initial temperature of the reservoir, injection temperature, and cut-off temperature.
In this work, the finite element method was utilized to conduct an extensive parametric analysis on a wide range of physical parameters and operational scenarios for typical hydrothermal regional geometries, from which empirical mathematical relationships were derived to formulate the model.
The proposed model provides geothermal engineers and decision makers with a simple calculation tool (a single equation) capable of giving them a preliminary conjecture about the lifetime of deep low-enthalpy hydrothermal systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Geothermal Congress 2019
Subtitle of host publicationThe Hague, 11-14 June 2019
Place of PublicationBrussels
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-9601946-1-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventEuropean Geothermal Congress 2019 - World Forum, The Hague, Netherlands
Duration: 11 Jun 201914 Jun 2019


ConferenceEuropean Geothermal Congress 2019
Abbreviated titleEGC
CityThe Hague
Internet address


  • geothermal energy
  • predictive model
  • Low-enthalpy deep hydrothermal system
  • geothermal doublet design
  • prototype design

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