Print Email Facebook Twitter Geothermal potential assessment for a low carbon strategy: A new systematic approach applied in southern Italy Title Geothermal potential assessment for a low carbon strategy: A new systematic approach applied in southern Italy Author Trumpy, E. Botteghi, S. Caiozzi, F. Donato, A. Gola, G. Montanari, D. Pluymaekers, M.P.D. Santilano, A. van Wees, J.D. Manzella, A. Publication year 2016 Abstract In this study a new approach to geothermal potential assessment was set up and applied in four regions in southern Italy. Our procedure, VIGORThermoGIS, relies on the volume method of assessment and uses a 3D model of the subsurface to integrate thermal, geological and petro-physical data. The method thus produces 2D geothermal potential maps for three different uses: district heating, district heating and cooling, and electrical power production. Our study focused on carbonate reservoirs, which usually present an excellent natural permeability and important geothermal gradients at depth. Our computations were possible thanks to the large quantity of data available from hydrocarbon exploration that largely investigate deep-seated reservoirs. Based on geothermal potential available for power production we estimate the contribution of the geothermal energy in the CO2 emissions reduction in the study regions. Moreover policy makers as well as investors can use our maps to establish new policies and to locate the most promising places for geothermal development, in line with the international low carbon strategy. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd Subject GeoAGEA - Advisory Group for Economic Affairs SGE - Sustainable Geo EnergyELSS - Earth, Life and Social SciencesGeological Survey NetherlandsGeosciences2015 EnergyDistrict heatingEmission reductionGeothermal mapsPotential assessmentPower production To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:5c2c4bc4-8553-492c-a63c-bfee1b4495c0 DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2016.02.144 TNO identifier 574292 Publisher Elsevier Ltd ISSN 0360-5442 Source Energy, 103, 167-181 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.