IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) is a major research and training player in the fields of energy, transport and the environment. From scientific concepts of fundamental research, up to technological solutions and services for the industry, innovation is central to its activities, organized around four strategic topics: climate, environment and circular economy – renewable energies – sustainable mobility – responsible oil and gas.
As part of the public-interest mission with which it has been tasked by the public authorities, IFPEN focuses its efforts on bringing solutions to the challenges facing society and industry in terms of energy and the climate, to support the ecological transition. An integral part of IFPEN, IFP School, its graduate engineering school, prepares future generations to take up these challenges.
Since 2018, IFPEN has been listening to geothermal professionals and putting its tools and skills at their service to provide them with operational solutions. These issues, whether at an exploration or exploitation stage, require an understanding of the entire geothermal loop, from the surface to the subsurface, via the wells and including the properties of the fluids produced.
The R&I areas covered are:
⇒ Optimisation of the whole geothermal loop (for full NCG reinjection, heat recovery from O&G wells…);
⇒ The evolution of reservoir properties during production and the impact of this evolution on the operation (loss of injectivity in silici-clastic reservoirs, scaling and fouling, corrosion…);
⇒ Basin-scale exploration for the evaluation of the potential for heat and lithium, as well as reservoir simulation for the evaluation of the evolution of production with time.