Deriving power from volcanic geothermal systems and the IDDP project

Flow test of the IDDP-1 well at Krafla, Iceland (source: Kristján Einarsson)
Alexander Richter 5 Oct 2015

A recent article describes some of the findings of modelling on the results of the first well drilled as part of the Iceland Deep Drilling Project in Iceland back in 2009. It looks at what this could mean to understanding on power generation from volcanic geothermal systems.

A recent article in the blogs of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) describes some of the findings of the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP). ThinkGeoEnergy has reported on the project several times (linked here to a science paper special).

In the article on “Drilling into magma: the future of electricity production from volcanic geothermal systems?”, the author describes some of the surprising elements of this project and the outcome of the initial drilling in 2009.

Despite the somewhat unexpected results, which one maybe does not want to describe a failure, IDDP plans to drill wells IDDP-2 and IDDP-3 this and next year, at the Hengill and the Reykjanes geothermal systems in the South West of Iceland.

The article describes some of the findings and the following research and modelling done by the ETH Zurich. The research aims to understand the hydrology of the IDDP reservoir, and how conditions determine the “extend and thermal conditions of supercritical reservoirs.”

The IDDP project is seen as a way to better understand how geothermal resources could be used more efficiently by deriving more power from high temperature resources and areas.

For the full article see link.

Here below a great video from well IDDP-1.


Source: EGU Blogs