The Research Institute of Applied Earth Sciences of the University of Miskolc, together with the Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering have been working on the PULSE project since 2016. The aim of the project is to allow Hungary’s abandoned or unproductive hydrocarbon exploration wells and drillings to workfor geothermal utilization. After sorting out more than a thousand drillings into the database, they were evaluated and mapped. Thenwe concentrated on the Northern part of Hungary. It is important to examine which unused wells or drillings aresuitable for geothermal use. So, the structure of this database serves this purpose. With the help of thiswork, they can serve a new goal, either through heating or electric power generation.
The results of the last research period are related to the following topics:
1. Development of data collection methodology. Collecting data for wells located in Hungary, collecting spatial data, collecting data on geological heat storage.
2. Database construction, geothermal energy recovery data analysis. The database, regional database, heat storage database.
3. Re-evaluation of wells from the aspect of heat recovery, spatial evaluation.
4. Simulation of industrial waste heat storage with heat transport modeling.
Our studies in the PULSE project can have a particular interest in the already designated geothermal concession areas. The project will give additive information about the geothermal situation, but also will provide better planning conditions related to re-utilized abandoned wells. Our research can also help some future projects to reduce the costs of re-utilizing abandoned hydrocarbon wells.
The research was carried out in the framework of the GINOP-2.3.2-15-2016-00010 ‘Development of enhanced engineering methods with the aimat utilization of subterranean energy resources’ project of the Research Institute of Applied Earth Sciences of the University of Miskolc in the framework of the Széchenyi 2020 Plan, funded by the European Union, co- financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds.