Emerson, the global technology and engineering giant, announced yesterday that it had been chosen by HITA, a deep geothermal energy company in Belgium, to provide key technology to aid in the discovery and development of geothermal energy sources in Northern Belgium. Emerson claimed that its geological and reservoir modeling software will help reduce risk in selecting locations for renewable geothermal energy projects, thereby increasing the safety and reliability of construction and operation while also enabling long-term sustainable energy production from the Earth’s heat.
Currently very much in the spotlight, climate change policies are driving growth of geothermal energy with the industry forecasted to grow by as much as eightfold within the European Union by 2050, according to the latest data from the International Renewable Energy Agency. Emerson hopes that its geological modeling software will help HITA locate the most suitable subsurfaces for drilling deep geothermal wells to unlock sustainable energy sources for corporate and municipal use.
Announcing the partnership, Stijn Bos, chief operating officer and senior project geologist at HITA, welcomed Emerson’s input, saying “A highly accurate and realistic picture of subsurface geology is critical for the safe development of sustainable energy sources. Emerson technologies use seismic, geologic and other data to generate detailed models that can determine the best location for geothermal plants.”
Emerson believes that its SKUA-GOCAD modeling software will help HITA more easily identify drilling locations by creating highly realistic models which are specifically designed for easy interpretation.
Mark Bulanda, executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business, outlined Emerson’s role in the partnership, declaring “Geological exploration and production software, including Emerson’s SKUA-GOCAD modeling software, has traditionally been used in the oil and gas industry. But it’s also well suited for geothermal energy, as well as carbon capture and storage. Emerson’s advanced, science-based applications will help move society toward a safer and more sustainable future.”