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The bilateral cooperation of the GEOCAP project in Indonesia – a reflection

Group of GEOCAP on site in Indonesia (source: TU Delft)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 17 Jan 2019

An article published by the TU Delft describes some of the work done in Indonesia by a group of researchers with Fiorenza Deon as part of the GEOCAP program, a Dutch-Indonesia collaboration program.

A recent article shared on the website of the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, provides some insights in some of the work done by the GEOCAP project, an international collaboration between the governments of Indonesia and the Netherlands, companies and universities aimed at exploring the use of geothermal energy, administered by a group at the school.

Her fieldwork takes geologist Fiorenza Deon to remote areas in Indonesia and it wasn’t long before she learned the language, a skill she needs to be able to negotiate with the local authorities. Her geologic research forms part of GEOCAP. But GEOCAP is about more than just scientific research, underlines Deon. “Bilateral cooperation offers huge advantages to all parties.”

The main aim of this research programme, which consists of several projects, is to develop and improve the production of geothermal power, using the heat from the earth  to generate electricity. For Indonesia, a country dominated by volcanoes, it’s a renewable energy source that holds enormous potential. The research team, which is made up of Deon, Prof. David Bruhn and Dr. Auke Barnhoorn, focuses on the properties of the reservoir rocks suitable for geothermal purposes. “Our goal is to improve the characterisation of reservoir rocks,” Deon explains. “For that we need a better understanding of the subsurface. By studying rocks and surface water we will eventually be able to determine which areas are suitable for building geothermal plants.”

For the full article, in which some of the work done by the group is described, see link below.

Source: TU Delft