First EAGE/IGA/DGMK Joint Workshop on Deep Geothermal Energy

8 - 9 November
Strasbourg, France
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Field Trip

Field trip on geothermal plants producing heat at high temperature in Alsace (France).


09:00 Gathering at the Hilton Hotel Strasbourg for departure
09:30 Departure to Soultz-sosu-Forêts
10:30 - 11.25 Visit Soultz geothermal power plant
11:30 Departure to Rittershoffen
11:45 - 12:45 Visit Rittershoffen geothermal heat plant
13:00 Departure to Strasbourg and lunch 
14:00 Arrival in Strasbourg


Northern Alsace (France) is a quite active area in terms of deep geothermal energy. As a part of the Upper Rhine Graben, several geothermal plants are already operational for producing electricity or heat from high temperature reservoir (>160°C). Those plants exploit by deep drilling (3 to 5km depth), fractured reservoirs located at the interface between the sedimentary cover and a granitic basement. One plant is producing electricity based on the ORC technology with 1.7 MWe gross power and the second plant is producing 24MW of heat for a biorefinery.

In the framework of this EAGE/IGA/DGMK workshop, it is proposed to visit two operational plants located north of Strasbourg. Many topics such as local geology, exploration methods, exploitation technology, induced seismicity, and non-technical barriers (acceptability) will be discussed during the field trip. 




The Rittershoffen geothermal plant in Alsace". The credit photo is "ES, Electricité de Strasbourg





Supporting Partners:

AAPG   Euroheat