Meeting Dutch and European climate and energy targets will require a wide range of sustainable energy sources. Together with private and public partners, TNO has long been exploring the potential of Ultra Deep Geothermal (UDG) energy as a possible alternative to fossil fuels. With targeted programs and extensive research, we aim to uncover the possible benefits that UDG energy may provide.
Geothermal energy is considered to be an interesting renewable energy source. The higher temperatures available from UDG make it a potentially viable option for power generation and direct use. It may therefore reduce the dependency on fossil fuels, specifically in the processing industry. The challenge is to determine how to harness the power of UDG in a techno-economic, safe and responsible way.
To fully explore this possibility, TNO contributes its advanced subsurface knowledge and methods for safe, reliable and cost-effective UDG development. We focus on mid- to long-term research projects and take an internationally leading role in our work with academic and industrial partners.
For more than 30 years, TNO has been combining its expertise in Oil & Gas research and development with its understanding of the subsurface to explore the potential of geothermal energy. In national and international studies, TNO has been developing resource maps and tools for techno-economic feasibility studies, decision support, innovative exploration methods & techniques, production optimisation and risk assessment. Those developments continue today in studies and projects conducted around the world.
The Netherlands is one of the countries with the greatest amount of publicly available subsurface data, so is a rich resource for on-going research opportunities. TNO manages, stores and disseminates subsurface data and information for UDG exploration and production. Our detailed assessments of the subsurface help support UDG market development by reducing exploration risks. This, in turn, helps in the assessment of UDG potential and risks. TNO works closely with public and private partners to explore ways to further advance our knowledge and understanding of UDG.
TNO is actively involved in projects around the world to help accelerate the development of UDG as a safe and cost-effective energy source. Our main activities include:
Are you in search of data, information or expertise in the UDG energy domain? Would you like to help explore the potential of UDG as long-term renewable energy source? Contact us today to find out how you can join our collaborative effort.