Geothermal Heat Recovery Complex: Large-Scale, Deep Direct-Use System in a Low-Temperature Sedimentary Basin: FINAL REPORT, 2017-2019

Y. F. Lin, A. Stumpf, S. Frailey, R. Okwen, Y. Lu, F. Holcomb, J. Tinjum, T. Stark, J. R. Damico, S. Elrick, K. Fisher, W. Fu, D. Garner, C. Hammock, J. Kirksey, C. Korose, J. Lin, Z. Lin, R. McKaskle, J. NelsonH. Salih, L. Thomas, J. Urlaub, A. Vance, F. Yang

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Abstract

This feasibility study is the first assessment of geothermal resources in the Illinois Basin (ILB). The breadth of previous, geologic-based research in the ILB supported this thorough determination of geothermal resources in the Mt. Simon Sandstone (MSS) and the techno-economics of establishing a geothermal energy system (GES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of IL). An integrated, multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering approach allowed simulations for both the belowground and aboveground components of the GES that would meet the required baseload of 2 MMBtu/hr at the end-user agricultural research facilities (ARFs). This assessment contributes to the broader discussion surrounding the U of IL’s goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Furthermore, a rigorous evaluation of the ILB’s geological, hydrological, and thermal frameworks facilitated a broader assessment of the feasibility of applying deep direct-use (DDU) technologies at facilities (e.g., military installations, hospitals, and school campuses) in other geographical areas in the ILB, and in other sedimentary basins in midcontinent of the US.

Keywords

  • ISGS

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