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Decision-Based Geothermal Field Development (ETR08)

  • 30 Sep-4 Oct 20245 daysVienna, AustriaCourse Fee: 3550 EUR + VAT
    Computer Fee: 250 EUR + VAT


This course addresses questions about why a major move in the energy industry towards geothermal developments is required to achieve sustainability goals and net-zero emissions. The benefits, opportunities, but also challenges and risks of geothermal development projects will be presented and discussed. In addition, the need for new structured workflows for geothermal development projects will be introduced and handrails for such workflows will be provided based on know-how as developed in the hydrocarbon industry. Aim is to support expediting the journey towards sustainable and decentralized new energy solutions. At the same time, staff and stakeholders will be prepared to avoid common pitfalls in project developments.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS: Internet Access, MS Office (Excel, Word and Powerpoint)
Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops to class.

Course Level: Foundation / Skill
Instructor: Jürgen Grötsch

Designed for you, if you are...

  • A geoscientist, well engineer, reservoir engineer, production technologist, concept engineer or other energy professional from an integrated team working on renewable energy developments
  • A professional from the energy and service industry or an employee in the public sector involved in or planning to work on geothermal projects
  • A particularly staff from smaller company, new venture or city council aiming to avoid common pitfalls and the triggering of technical or non-technical risks

How we build your confidence

This course comprises a mixture of lectures, exercises, case studies, discussions and feedback sessions. The course follows the discover, ask and learn approach.

The benefits from attending

The training course has the following goals:
  • Provide an introduction to geothermal heat as a renewable energy resource
  • Present a global overview of current geothermal energy production
  • Introduce the concept of decision-based planning for geothermal projects
  • Develop a decision-based roadmap for a geothermal projects
  • Present the main sources and reservoirs of geothermal energy
  • Highlight the differences between fracture and matrix geothermal developments
  • Showcase the importance of matrix porosity and permeability in sedimentary rocks
  • Summarize available geothermal subsurface technologies and development approaches
  • Highlight the use of analogues in geothermal developments
  • Present and discuss a number of leading edge geothermal projects
  • Provide an introduction to the handling of subsurface uncertainties
  • Introduce well planning, execution, data acquisition and completion for geothermal projects
  • Address requirements for well monitoring, surveillance and the risk of scaling
  • Discuss how energy system integration can be achieved
  • Summarize surface technologies and development concept options
  • Introduce multi-scenario modelling for geothermal projects
  • Develop the basics of geothermal cost & economics models
  • Introduce decision quality and focus on value
  • Present the potential of additional benefits in geothermal projects
  • Discuss the main technical risks involved in harnessing geothermal energy
  • Address non-technical risks, like market, policies and social in geothermal developments


  • Fundamentals of geothermal energy
  • Decision based planning for geothermal energy
  • Development of geothermal energy projects
    - Subsurface
    - Surface
    - Cost & Economics
    - Multi-scenario modelling and focus on value
  • Additional Benefits of geothermal energy projects
  • Common pitfalls and risk management in geothermal projects



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