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2016-03-01 - 2021-05-31

Demonstration of Soft Stimulation Treatments of Geothermal Reservoirs (DESTRESS)

Demonstration of Soft Stimulation Treatments of Geothermal Reservoirs (DESTRESS)

DESTRESS stands for a promising and future-oriented approach to demonstrate soft stimulation methods of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). The focus of the project is to find solutions for the exploitation of underground heat which are economical, sustainable and environmentally responsible. Co-funded by the EU, DESTRESS contributes to the European energy strategy, which targets renewable energy, greenhouse gas reduction and energy efficiency. The primarily objective of DESTRESS is to develop a comprehensive compilation of good practices for successful geothermal projects through demonstration and research.

DESTRESS’ work is divided into seven work packages, of which five will deliver specific technologies for prototype demonstration. Two will provide demonstrators for innovative stimulation treatments.

Research in the BedrettoLab covered the following topics: Demonstrate the effectiveness of cyclic hydraulic treatments and of multi-stage stimulation concepts in granites.

Project Leader Institution

GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences

Project Contact

Peter Meier


Helmholtz Zentrum Potsdam (GFZ), Energie Baden Württemberg AG (EnBW), és-Géothermie (ESG), University of Glasgow, Geo Energie Suisse, TNO, Geothermie Neubrandenburg GmbH, Geoterma UAB, Université de Strasbourg, Delft University of Technology, NexGeo Incorporated, Seoul National University (SNU), Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT), ECW Geomanagement BV, Trias Westland B.V., Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), Utrecht University


European Union, H2020



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