EUROPEAN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE ON SOLID EARTH

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Seeking answers to science questions in sustainable subsurface energy.
For 2020, the European Union has committed to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below 1990 levels, with further cuts expected by 2050.


Power generation will have to take a particularly large part in emissions reductions, mainly by focussing on increasing surface renewables (wind, tidal and solar) and on geothermal power. Carbon capture and storage on fossil fuel power plants, shale gas, and nuclear power will play an important role on the way to a carbon free energy supply. All these technologies have similar geological and environmental issues around their containment, deep reservoirs and, most importantly, sustainability, meaning we will need high levels of safe and thorough subsurface management and assurance of environmental security to realise the potential of these energy sources in densely populated countries.

Geo Energy Test Beds are experimental test and monitoring facilities that exist, or are being developed, to understand the subsurface processes that make environmental sustainability possible.  Their work will underpin the design of management systems for the subsurface and the development of robust regulation.

A key aim of the GeoEnergy Test Bed TCS is to allow online publication of monitoring data through combined IT systems and delivery across European GeoEnergy Test Beds, to encourage transparency and to improve public interest and support which, in turn, will develop trust in the process and resulting science. In the long term European GeoEnergy Test Beds will help to bring about a new energy system in Europe.   

The first task of the GeoEnergy Test Bed TCS is to bring together key European subsurface facilities and laboratories to work alongside other EPOS TCS, to create an efficient and comprehensive multidisciplinary research platform for the Earth sciences in Europe.



WP17 Leader: Helen Taylor

WP17 Coordinator: Virginia Hannah