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Geothermal energy

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.03.03  Engineering sciences and technologies  Energy engineering  Renewable resources and technologies 

Code Science Field
T140  Technological sciences  Energy research 
P470  Natural sciences and mathematics  Hydrogeology, geographical and geological engineering 
P500  Natural sciences and mathematics  Geophysics, physical oceanography, meteorology 
geothermal energy, renewable resources, geology, hydrodynamics, thermal water, geophysics, structural geology, hidrogeochemistry
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (8)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  14134  PhD Mihael Brenčič  Geology  Head  2002 - 2004  1,697 
2.  05067  MSc Tomaž Budkovič  Geology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  184 
3.  11443  PhD Andrej Gosar  Geology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  455 
4.  19280  PhD Mitja Janža  Geology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  444 
5.  18166  PhD Marko Komac  Geology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  521 
6.  17541  MSc Andrej Lapanje  Geology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  740 
7.  11018  MSc Joerg Prestor  Geology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  1,226 
8.  07984  MSc Dušan Rajver  Geology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  321 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0215  Geological Survey of Slovenia  Ljubljana  5051410000  11,308 
2.  1555  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engeneering  Ljubljana  1627074  19,855 
Slovenia has a large potential for the exploitation of low-enthalpy geothermal resources. Low-enthalpy geothermal reources are exploited for direct use (balneology, agriculture, aquaculture, industrial use and space heating). Potential investors are encouraged to consider geothermal energy use owing to the oscillation of fossil fuel prices and also due to the creation of extra value with non-energetic water use. Geological research provides basic information needed for the estimation of exploitable energy resources preserved in the Earth's interior. This information must answer the questions related to the conditions of geothermal resources' appearance (existence, spatial extension, temperature) and to the conditions of intake and use of geothermal resources in connection with technological requirements (exploitability, capacity, ecological point of view, maintenance,...). Since the mechanism and geometry of geothermal systems are mostly not completely solved, or are not solved at all, this applied research project intends to develop improved conceptual models of more interesting geothermal resources, using recent results of structural and regional geology. In this way the improved models will serve for the forecast of recharge and discharge mechanisms of thermal aquifer, long-term influence of exploitation of underground water and/or for the selection of locations with potential for geothermal resource existence. In the applied research project "Geothermal energy" special attention will be devoted to the following problems: selection of necessary geological parameters for successful implementation of heat pump technology (shallow geothermics for heating of smaller objects), reinjection of water back into the geothermal reservoir (ecology and pressure sustainability in the geothermal aquifer) and modeling of heat and mass flow in the geothermal reservoir.
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