On January 7th, the University of Strasbourg announced the selection of 15 laureates of the Initiative for Excellence's "Breaking Boundaries" programme. This programme, co-directed by the Université of Strasbourg, the CNRS, and Inserm, funds Interdisciplinary Thematic Institutes (ITI) that aim to promote research and training in an interdisciplinary university environment. Among the laureates is EOST's ITI Geosciences for the Energy Systems Transition: Exploiting Deep Groundwater (G-eau-TE), the evolution of the LabEx G-eau-thermie Profonde.
An interview with Carole Glaas, PhD candidate at IPGS and ÉS Géothermie
Since December 2017, Carole Glaas has been interested in the permeability of geothermal reservoirs to understand how they increase reservoir productivity. With a new, simple, fast, and economical method, she is able to characterise the alteration of granites in fracture zones. She is doing her thesis largely at ÉS, thanks to the CIFRE funding framework.
The LabEx welcomed two new PhD candidates this year - Kamel Drif and Qinglin Deng - who will be using numerical modelling and big-data approaches to characterise the evolution of deep geothermal reservoirs in Alsace.
On October 10, 2019, Coralie Aichholzer defended her thesis in geology, entitled "Stratigraphic, sedimentary and structural approach to characterize the cover-basement interface in the Rhine Graben”. It was directed Philippe Duringer (EOST, IPGS) and co-financed by the LabEx G-eau-thermie Profonde and the University of Strasbourg.
At the end of August 2019, Bérénice Vallier defended her thesis "Thermo-hydro-mechanical modelling of the exploitation of a deep geothermal reservoir" co-financed by Ademe, EOST and ES as part of the EGS Alsace project. The thesis was directed by Jean Schmittbuhl (EOST) and Christophe Fond (ICube) and supervised by Vincent Magnenet (ICube).
Started in 2012, the EGW is organised by the LabEx G-eau-thermie Profonde and the Karlsruhe Institue of Technology (KIT). In 2018, the geothermal division of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) joined the organisation committee. The workshop is held every year, over two days, and is hosted alternately by EOST and KIT.