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Low enthalpy geothermal energy resources in Denmark


The deep oil exploration drillings in Denmark have shown that especially the Danish Embayment contains low enthalpy geothermal resources associated with warm aquifers. The most promising reservoirs have been found in highly permeable Upper Triassic sand and sandstone beds, which cover at least 5000 km2 at depths of 2000–3000 m and at temperatures of 60–100°C. The porosity of the main reservoir is of 15–25%, and the permeability is presumed to be approximately 1 darcy (≃10−12 m2) or higher. A layer thickness of 30–60 m has been observed on a number of localities. Also the Middle Jurassic and the Lower Triassic contain reservoirs of interest. A major geothermal exploration work is planned with seismic investigations, drillings to depths of 2000–4000 m and probably establishment of pilot district heating plants.

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Balling, N., Saxov, S. Low enthalpy geothermal energy resources in Denmark. PAGEOPH 117, 205–212 (1978).

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  • Low enthalpy geothermal energy resources
  • Sedimentary basin
  • Economics of geothermal energy utilization
  • Denmark