Institute for Nuclear Waste Disposal

GEMex: Cooperation in geothermal energy research Europe-Mexico for development of enhanced geothermal systems and superhot geothermal systems

  • contact:

    Eva Schill

  • funding:

    EU Horizon 2020

  • Partner:

    23 partners

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The GEMex project is a EU-Mexico joint effort in development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) and Superhot Geothermal Systems (SHGS) at Acoculco and Los Humeros that bases on three pillars:

1 – Resource assessment of these geothermal sites by understanding the tectonic evolution, fracture distribution and hydrogeology and predicting in-situ stresses and temperatures at depth.

2 – Reservoir characterization including novel geophysical and geological methods to be advanced for the specific condition. Accompanying high-pressure/ high-temperature laboratory experiments will provide the input parameters.

3 – Concepts for site development will include definition of drill paths, a design for well completion including suitable material selection, and optimum stimulation and operation procedures for safe and economic exploitation. In these steps, we will address issues of public acceptance and outreach as well as the monitoring and control of environmental impact.