Report on the meeting of the recent CHPM2030 geothermal research consortium

Participants of CHPM2030 Meeting in Lanzarote, March 2018 (source: La Palma Research Centre)
Alexander Richter 5 Apr 2018

Developing a novel and disruptive technology solution to help satisfy the need for energy and strategic metals, is part of a European geothermal research project called CHPM2030, which recently held a consortium meeting in Lanzarote.

Under the EU funded CHPM 2030 project, the objective is to “develop a novel and potentially disruptive technological solution that can help satisfy the European needs for energy and strategic metals in a single interlinked process. In the CHPM technology vision the metal-bearing deep geological formation will be manipulated in a way that the co-production of energy and metals will be possible, and may be optimised according to the market demands.”

“CHPM2030 is a 42-months H2020 project funded by the European Commission that started on 1 January 2016. CHPM2030 aims to develop a novel and potentially disruptive technology solution that can help satisfy the European needs for energy and strategic metals in a single interlinked process.”

The consortium of the research project recently met in Lanzarote, Spain.

In an overview provided by La Palma Research Centre, an update is given on the status of the project and what was discussed at the meetings.

The meeting started with a one-day consortium meeting, followed by workshops on WP4 – System Integration and on WP6 – Roadmapping and preparation for pilots on the second day. During the last day, the participants joined to a field trip in the Timanfaya National Park.

The consortium meeting proceed according to the common practice: going through the each of the Work Packages, updating work done and new results since the last meeting (CHPM Brusels meeting, 2017.10.11-14). After a short welcoming of the participants and meeting practicalities from LPRC, Éva Hartai officially started the meeting with an overall project update, followed by a presentation from Aranka Földessy about preparations for the project reporting. The second session continued with presentations on WP2 – Laboratory experiments and orebody investigation by partners from University of SzegedBGSVITO and University of Miskolc. The next session in the afternoon presented progress in WP3 – Metal recovery and electrochemical power generation by VITO and KU Leuven colleagues. The first day also included an update on WP5 – Integrated Sustainability Assessment (University of Szeged and MinPol) and WP7 – Dissemination (EFG).

The second day brought something new to the meeting. The WP leaders decided to take a more interactive approach to introduce their work. The morning session was dedicated to WP4 – System integration, and it was moderated by the respective WP leader, Árni Ragnarsson (ISOR). This is a critical work package where the partners integrate and harmonize different elements of the system together. The discussed topics included: Conceptual framework for CHPM (Combined Heat Power and Metal extraction) power plant, Process simulation and optimisation, Process simulation and optimisation, Final design process.

For the full details on the meeting see links below.

Source: La Palma Research Centre, CHPM2030