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TitleHeat flow, depth - temperature variations and stored thermal energy for enhanced geothermal systems in Canada
AuthorMajorowicz, J; Grasby, S E
SourceJournal of Geophysics and Engineering vol. 7, 2010 p. 232-241, https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-2132/7/3/002
Year2010
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20090389
PublisherIOP Publishing
Documentserial
Lang.English
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut
NTS1; 2; 3; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33; 34; 35; 36; 37; 38; 39; 40; 41; 42; 43; 44; 45; 46; 47; 48; 49; 52; 53; 54; 55; 56; 57; 58; 59; 62; 63; 64; 65; 66; 67; 68; 69; 72; 73; 74; 75; 76; 77; 78; 79; 82; 83; 84; 85; 86; 87; 88; 89; 92; 93; 94; 95; 96; 97; 98; 99; 102; 103; 104; 105; 106; 107; 114O; 114P; 115; 116; 117; 120; 340; 560
Lat/Long WENS-141.0000 -50.0000 90.0000 41.7500
Subjectshydrogeology; geothermics; geothermal resources; geothermal energy; geothermal surveys; geothermal temperatures; geothermometry; geothermal potential; heat flow; heat conduction; geothermal temperatures; temperature
Illustrationslocation maps
ProgramGeothermal Assessments, Geoscience for Future Energy Resources
Released2010 06 08
AbstractIn order to help assessment of enhanced geothermal energy potential in Canada, we constructed a new series of heatflow and depth - temperature distribution maps (down to 10 km). We focus on high-temperature resources (>150 °C) capable of electrical production. Maps presented show large temperature variability, related mainly to heat flow patterns. The highest temperatures occur in western and northern Canada. Here temperatures greater than 150 °C, required for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), can be reached at reasonable drilling depths of <5 km. Heat flow, by itself however, is not a sufficient tool to predict areas of high energy content. A combination of thick low thermal conductivity sedimentary blankets and moderate to high heat flow areas can generate targets that are as favorable as regions with high conductivity and high heat flow. Some moderate heat flow areas in the deeper parts of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin have heat content comparable to high heat flow zones of the the Canadian Cordillera. The magnitude of in-place thermal energy available for future heat 'mining/farming' was esitmated throughout Canada by calculating heat released through cooling a defined rock volume through a fixed temperature change. These estimates show the first-order appoximation of available geothermal heat content. The fraction of true heat energy available will be as low as 0.02 of these values. However, even this more limited energy production could be large enough to be a considerable future renewable energy resource for Canada.
GEOSCAN ID261623