Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode NAGE-10
Vaknaam Geo-Energy
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Geo-Energy
Leerdoelen Aim: To familiarise students with the identification, exploration and exploitation of energysources in the Earth’s subsurface. This lecture is well suited for the subsequent Master study in Energy and Environmental Sciences.

Learning objectives:
1. the student has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the properties and structure of the Earth’s lithosphere in order to be able to determine geological basin characteristics
2. the student has sufficient understanding of the elementary processes of rock formation, stratigraphic principles, sedimentation, as well as geochemical, geophysical and deformation processes in order to succesfully determine the potential for exploitable energy resources such as oil/gas, geothermal heatflow.
3. The student is capable to use remote sensing techniques such as seismic as well as inversion techniques for gravity and magnetic observations in order to generate a reliable subsurface model
4. The student is capable of handling sparse data in combination with advanced interpretation techniques in order to create a reliable local subsurface geological model
5. The student has developed a sound judgement of the impact and reliability of outcome of quantitative assessments of resource estimates
Omschrijving In this course we will analyse the geological, geophysical and geochemical processes in the subsurface, which play a role in the formation of fossil fuels as well as sustainable forms of energy (eg geothermal) and subsurface storage (eg CO2).
The course consists of 3 main parts:
1) after an introduction of basic geological principles, the following elements will be addressed: generation of oil, gas and coal, reservoir characteristics, physics of oil & gasfields, reserve quantification, unconventional hydrocarbons, physics of geothermal processes
2) physical detection methods for exploration of subsurface energy sources. Included are seismic methods as well as potential methods based on gravity and the earth magnetic field. Also treated are production technology (eg drilling and logging) and subsurface storage methods
3) Finally, an overview will be given of global reserves and the role which both fossil and sustainable geo-energy forms can play to meet the future global energy needs.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC)
(Lectures and 2 practice sessions plus a half-day excursion to the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij)
Toetsvorm Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. M.A. Herber
Docent(en) prof. M.A. Herber
Opmerkingen This subject is mandatory for physics bachelors in the track “Energy and Environment” and is also well suited as a minor for bachelor students in physics, chemistry and biology. It is also well suited for the Energy and Environmental Science (EES) master study.
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