Eco-friendly geothermal energy with lower CO2 emissions: AGH UST has just launched Polish-Norwegian Project called EnerGizerS

The Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection has launched EnerGizerS – a research project on CO2-Enhanced Geothermal Systems for Climate Neutral Energy Supply. The main aim of the project is to take action supporting climate protection through the use of clean and eco-friendly geothermal energy with a simultaneous reduction in CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels. The Polish-Norwegian consortium behind the project is headed by AGH UST.

As part of the research work, scientists will analyse the effectiveness of EGS-CO2 installation in Polish and Norwegian conditions. The project seeks to develop an advanced operational model of non-conventional geothermal installation for production of electrical and/or thermal energy, with simultaneous carbon sequestration conducted in a petrogeothermal tank. The reservoir rocks will be characterised based on the results of  comprehensive laboratory core sample tests, including petrophysical, thermal and mechanical testing. The lab test results will be used for mathematical modelling, including geological modelling, fracturing process modelling as well as simulations of injecting and utilising CO2. The project will also involve experimental determination of properties and behaviours of CO2 working liquid in geothermal systems as well as modelling the work of surface systems.

Owing to different geological, legal and environmental conditions in partner countries each of the cases will be characterised by different parameters. All conducted studies and analyses will constitute the basis for technical, economic and environmental assessment of the proposed technology with regard to its possible application in energy systems in Poland and Norway.

The exchange of knowledge and experience between the partners on geothermal energy and carbon sequestration will allow them to jointly develop the best solutions for EGS-CO2 installations. Such installations are regarded as innovative solutions on global markets and so far they have not been commonly implemented.

AGH UST’s partners in the Consortium are Polish and Norwegian organisations: research institutions the  Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, SINTEF Energi AS and NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology as well as one company – Exergon Sp. z o.o.

EnerGizerS is headed by dr hab. inż. Anna Sowiżdżał – an AGH UST Professor who researches the problems related to the use of renewable energy sources, focusing in particular on assessing geothermal resources in various regions of Poland and analysing possibilities of their utilitarian use. The researcher is also interested in the application of geological modelling in geothermal energy and oil research. AGH UST’s Professor, dr hab. inż. Anna Sowiżdżał, is involved in domestic and international projects addressing the use of renewable energy sources as well as oil-related issues. She is a member of a project team working on the construction and development of the AGH UST Educational and Research Laboratory Centre for Renewable Resources and Energy Conservation in Miękinia.

The project to be completed in 2023 is co-funded under the EEA and Norway Grants within the framework of the POLNOR 2019 Competition announced by the National Centre for Research and Development. The total  budget of the EnerGizerS initiative is PLN 5 932 700 including PLN 5 793 975 co-funded by POLNOR 2019.