CHPM2030 is a 42-months H2020 project funded by the European Commission that started in January 2016. The project aims to develop a novel and potentially disruptive technology solution that can help satisfy the needs of Europe for energy and strategic metals. Geothermal energy production, minerals extraction and electro-metallurgy will be connected in an interlinked process and 3-4 km deep metallic mineral formations will be transferred into “orebody-Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)” that will serve as a basis for the development of a new type of facility for “Combined Heat, Power and Metal extraction (CHPM)”. In the project, the viability of the technology will be proved at a laboratory scale.
Within Work Package 1 – Methodology framework definition, four deliverables have been prepared. D1.1 provides a review or the metallogenic provinces of Europe with a special focus on the mineral potential in the depth and temperature zones that are currently the target of EGS. D1.2. is an overview of four major ore districts in Europe, namely in SW England, southern Portugal, NW Romania and central and northern Sweden. It is completed with a survey of existing boreholes in the European countries, where temperatures at depth in access of 100°C are observed. The study also attempts to estimate the geothermal potential of the mineralised zones at depth. D1.3 summarises the results of mineralogical and geochemical laboratory investigations on ore samples, which represent the four study sites of the CHPM2030 project, completed with samples from other ore types. D1.4 provides a methodological framework for the laboratory measurements and data collection for modelling heat transport in WP2, and also reviews the existing reservoir enhancement technologies.
The studies are available on the project website: https://www.chpm2030.eu/outreach