Institute for Mineral and Energy Research - Geothermal Research
SACGER is a strategic goup of researchers with large analytical and calculation capabilities in the field of Sciences and Engineering. It is a high level environment for multidisciplinary research and training focussed in providing answers to current and fundamental problems centered around geothermal energy.
Our Research Areas Include
Geophysical tools: novel approaches for understanding the distribution of subsurface permeability including using 3D seismic data and the development of magnetotelluric tools that are sensitive to the presence of fluid-filled fracture systems;
Fluid rock interactions: the geochemistry of geothermal fluids using flow-through and batch hydrothermal reactors to evaluate the dissolution of reservoirs rocks and resultant precipitation and scaling within the subsurface reservoir and above ground infrastructure;
Fracture modelling: development of reservoir fracture models for enhanced geothermal systems and improved understanding of fluid flow and heat transfer in rock fractures;
Crustal stress characterisation: modelling contemporary crustal stresses in a number of regions around the world including areas of know geothermal potential such as the Cooper and Otway Basins, understanding the stress and fluid-pressure state in non-conventional geothermal systems.
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