OpERA meeting in Vaals, Netherlands October 2015



The major advantage of geothermal energy over other renewable energy sources is the time and site independent availability of the geothermal resource.

To use this advantage, the operational availability of geothermal energy installations has to be stable on a high level. Scaling and material corrosion are issues in many geothermal areas in Europe. All these issues lead to breakdown times due to necessary repair or service works. Also other issues like high gas content of the thermal brine or reinjection issues have to be discussed. The OpERA working group brings together the national experts (Plant owners, project developers, researchers) to provide an overview of potential solutions, like adapted materials in the geothermal installation, the use of inhibitors or optimized pipe geometries or well design. Therefore OpERA provides a platform for technical knowledge exchange to solve Operational issues on a European base.

As a first step towards the European knowledge exchange, OpERA organizes a workshop on operational issues on the 1st & 2nd of October 2015 in Vaals (NL), close to the NL/D border and close to the ancient natural Geothermal wells of Charlemagne in Aachen (D). This workshop will include a country overview on operational issues and specific sessions on “Scalings”, “Corrosion”, “Gas content” and “Reinjection issues”.

Group picture of OpERA attendees in Vaals, October 2015

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