Induced seismicity in the development of EGS—benefits and drawbacks

D. Elsworth, Y. Fang, Q. Gan, K. J. Im, T. Ishibashi, Y. Guglielmi

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Abstract

The development of a successful Enhanced/Engineered Geothermal System (EGS) reservoir at commercial scale has proved an elusive goal—despite the prospects of an immense resource and a near-limitless supply of sustainable baseload power. Key challenges relate to both creating and sustaining a high-throughput reservoir from an initially very low permeability deep reservoir and in achieving this with minimal induced seismicity. In the following we (i) explore the nature of early- and late-time induced seismicity anticipated in such projects, (ii) observed at contemporary and historic sites, and explore how this may be linked to permeability evolution through (iii) permeability-seismicity scaling and in (iv) coupling with the evolving rate and state properties of the reservoir.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRock Dynamics: From Research to Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications, ROCDYN 2016
EditorsJian Zhao
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages13-24
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315470818
ISBN (Print)9781138029538
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2nd International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications, ROCDYN 2016 - Suzhou, China
Duration: 18 May 201619 May 2016

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications, ROCDYN 2016
CountryChina
CitySuzhou
Period18/05/1619/05/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology

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    Elsworth, D., Fang, Y., Gan, Q., Im, K. J., Ishibashi, T., & Guglielmi, Y. (2016). Induced seismicity in the development of EGS—benefits and drawbacks. In J. Zhao (Ed.), Rock Dynamics: From Research to Engineering : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications, ROCDYN 2016 (pp. 13-24). CRC Press/Balkema. https://doi.org/10.1201/b21378-4