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Design and optimization of multiple wells layout for electricity generation in a multi-fracture enhanced geothermal system.

Zinsalo, Joël M., Lamarche, Louis et Raymond, Jasmin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7486-9185 (2021). Design and optimization of multiple wells layout for electricity generation in a multi-fracture enhanced geothermal system. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments , vol. 47 . p. 101365. DOI: 10.1016/j.seta.2021.101365.

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The major challenge in Enhanced Geothermal System is to circulate the injected fluid in most part of the reservoir. One solution to this problem is to create artificial fractures in the reservoir and optimally position multiple injection wells and multiple production wells. The wells layout plays a crucial role and requires investigation. This is the ultimate goal of this paper in order to extract a sufficient amount of energy and allow the fluid to reach a larger volume in the heterogeneous reservoir. The results show that a combination of three injection wells with two production wells provides the best performance. With this well layout, the output electrical power drops from 10.40 to 9.40 MW to 6.84–4.53 MW increasing the injection fluid flow rate in 0.075–0.125 m³/s range because higher the volume flow rate, greater the water losses. The average production temperature after a 40-year period is 164.8 °C and reduced by 3.1%, which is acceptable. The injected fluid temperature and the hydraulic gradient have a low influence on the production temperature evolution and the heat extraction ratio change. Hydraulic gradient influence on the production temperature is noticeable for a hydraulic gradient value greater than 10 mm/m.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: sustainable energy; multi-well injection; multi-well production; wells layout optimization; electricity production; energy balance
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 23 juin 2022 14:41
Dernière modification: 23 juin 2022 14:41
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/12702

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