The LabEx G-EAU-THERMIE PROFONDE is a research program on deep geothermal energy founded by the French Ministry of Research and Education in the framework of the « Laboratories of Excellence » initiative.
The laboratory of excellence G-EAU-THERMIE PROFONDE contributes to the development of the use of deep geothermal energy, a source of renewable energy, thanks to a better knowledge of deep geothermal reservoirs and new technologies for exploitation.
Since 2012, the LabEx G-EAU-THERMIE PROFONDE is a joint project industry/university, headed by the University of Strasbourg. It has a French ministry funding of 3 million for 8 years.
The project aims to develop knowledge in the geothermal field by bringing together academic skills (EOST/ICUBE) and industrial expertise (ES/GEIE) to study the structure of deep geothermal reservoirs of the Upper Rhine Graben.
A French ministry funding (from National Research Agency - ANR) of 3 000 000 € is dedicated to research, education, observation and academic and industrial valorization. Industrial partners co-fund development actions up to 1 700 000€ in the framework of the COGEOS consortium (EOST/ES-G). They also sponsor communication on fundamental research on deep geothermal energy up to 400 000€ in the frame of the Foundation of the University of Strasbourg.
- Scientific : Develop research projects on exploration, geothermal circulation, stimulation and development of the reservoir
- Education : Transfert knowledge to students through specialized courses (Master degree, Engineering schools and other University Diploma)
- Observatory : Archive of data collected from the regional geothermal sites and diffusion to the scientific community
Deep Geothermal Energy
Who we are ?
The researches carried out in the framework of the LabEx G-EAU-THERMIE PROFONDE are transversal. Multiple skills are represented within the projects. Researches are complementary and allow to further advance the scientific knowledge in this booming field.
In order to pass on knowledge, specialized courses on geothermal energy have been set up for EOST students (Engineering school and master degree).
The course is focused on thermic aspects, fields of application of geothermal energy and French regulations, geothermal reservoirs (exploration, microsismicity…). A visit on the GEIE Heat Mining pilote site (Soultz-sous-Forêts) and ECOGI industrial platform (Rittershoffen) is also included in the program.
Three University Diploma are also proposed, with the aim of professionalizing the French geothermal sector : in geosciences, project management and surface installations, applied to geothermal energy.
Involvement in industrial projects
Every year since 2012, the Karlsruhe institute of technology and the LabEx G-EAU-THERMIE PROFONDE jointly organize the European Geothermal Workshop. The objective of the meeting is to propose doctoral school lectures and a state of the art of recent researches on deep geothermal energy with a special focus on reservoir exploration and exploitation.