The volume method is used to evaluate the productive potential of unexploited and minimally exploited geothermal fields. The distribution of PCO₂ in shallow groundwaters delimits the geothermal fields. This approach is substantiated by the good correspondence between zones of high CO₂ flux, and the areal extension of explored geothermal systems of high enthalpy (Monte Amiata and Latera), medium enthalpy (Torre Alfina) and low enthalpy (Viterbo). Based on the data available for geothermal fields either under exploitation or investigated by long-term production tests, a specific productivity of 40 t h⁻¹ km⁻³ is assumed. The total potential productivity for the recent volcanic areas of Latium is about 28 × 10³ t h⁻¹, with 75% from low-enthalpy geothermal fields, 17% from medium-enthalpy systems, and 8% from high-enthalpy reservoirs. The total extractable thermal power is estimated to be 2220–2920 MW, 49–53% from low-enthalpy geothermal fields, 28–32% from medium-enthalpy systems, and 19–20% from high-enthalpy reservoirs.

Revision, calibration, and application of the volume method to evaluate the geothermal potential of some recent volcanic areas of Latium, Italy

Doveri M;
2010-01-01

Abstract

The volume method is used to evaluate the productive potential of unexploited and minimally exploited geothermal fields. The distribution of PCO₂ in shallow groundwaters delimits the geothermal fields. This approach is substantiated by the good correspondence between zones of high CO₂ flux, and the areal extension of explored geothermal systems of high enthalpy (Monte Amiata and Latera), medium enthalpy (Torre Alfina) and low enthalpy (Viterbo). Based on the data available for geothermal fields either under exploitation or investigated by long-term production tests, a specific productivity of 40 t h⁻¹ km⁻³ is assumed. The total potential productivity for the recent volcanic areas of Latium is about 28 × 10³ t h⁻¹, with 75% from low-enthalpy geothermal fields, 17% from medium-enthalpy systems, and 8% from high-enthalpy reservoirs. The total extractable thermal power is estimated to be 2220–2920 MW, 49–53% from low-enthalpy geothermal fields, 28–32% from medium-enthalpy systems, and 19–20% from high-enthalpy reservoirs.
2010
Doveri, M; Lelli, Matteo; Marini, Luigi; Raco, Brunella
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