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Science for Clean Energy Horizon 2020

The Horizon 2020 project S4CE aims to develop, test and implement technologies needed for successfully detecting, quantifying and mitigating the risks connected with geo-energy operations in the sub-surface.
The operations considered by this consortium include geothermal energy, enhanced gas recovery, carbon sequestration, and unconventional operations.

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S4CE is a multi-disciplinary consortium of world-leading academics, research laboratories, SMEs and large industries.

The project includes fundamental studies of fluid transport and reactivity, development of new instruments and methods for the detection and quantification of emissions, micro-seismic events, and testing of cement casings.

We conduct both lab- and field-testing of new technologies, and it will deploy successful detection and quantification technologies in subsurface sites for continuous monitoring of the risks connected with sub-surface geo-energy operations.

S4CE leverages approximately 500M EUR in existing investments on 3 scientific field sites: the CarbFix site in Iceland, one geothermal operation in Cornwall, UK, and a water-gas well in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

S4CE will utilize monitoring data acquired during the project in these field sites to

  • quantify the environmental impact of sub-surface geo-energy applications;
  • demonstrate new technologies and models;
  • quantify the likelihood of environmental risks ranging from fugitive emissions, water contamination, induced micro-seismicity, and local impacts.

Such quantifications will enable S4CE to set up a probabilistic methodology to assess and mitigate both the short and the long term environmental risks connected to the exploration and exploitation of sub-surface geo-energy. S4CE maintains a transparent dialogue with all stakeholders, including the public at large, the next generation of scientists, academics and industrial operators, including training of young post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, and it will therefore have as primary impact the assistance to policy making.

 

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