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Modelling of fluid flow and heat transfer to assess the geothermal potential of a flooded coal mine in Lorraine, France

Abstract : The flooding of the Lorraine coal mines (France), representing a huge reservoir of about 154×106m3, began in June 2006. After attaining thermal equilibrium with the surrounding rocks, the water temperature in the deepest parts is expected to reach 55 ◦C, giving the opportunity for the extraction of low-enthalpy geothermal waters that may be suitable for district heating purposes. We present some numerical modelling results of the thermally driven convective flow in an open vertical shaft and in the entire mine reservoir. A dual permeability/porosity approach was used in the reservoir model, which includes open galleries and vertical shafts, coal panels backfilled with sand, and intact rock masses. Two scenarios of heat extraction with different flow regimes were investigated. A sensitivity analysis shows that the temperature decline in the production zone is highly dependent on the permeability of the surrounding porous rocks. Larger permeabilities result in higher water temperatures at the production shaft due to greater inflows of warm water from those rock masses.
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Virginie Hamm, Behrooz Bazargan-Sabet. Modelling of fluid flow and heat transfer to assess the geothermal potential of a flooded coal mine in Lorraine, France. Geothermics, Elsevier, 2010, 39 (2), p. 177-186. ⟨10.1016/j.geothermics.2010.03.004⟩. ⟨hal-00557489⟩

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