Geo-Energy and Subsurface Processes

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMEE004-05
Vaknaam Geo-Energy and Subsurface Processes
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Geo-Energy and Subsurface Processes
Leerdoelen After the course the student is able to:

1. Explain the properties and structure of the Earth’s lithosphere in order to determine geological basin characteristics.
2. Appraise the potential for exploitable energy resources such as oil/gas and geothermal heatflow on the bases of elementary processes of rock formation, stratigraphic principles, sedimentation, as well as geochemical, geophysical and deformation processes.
3. Apply 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. Construct a reliable local subsurface geological model on the bases of sparse data in combination with advanced interpretation techniques.
5. Assess the impact and reliability of outcome of quantitative assessments of resource estimates.
Omschrijving In this course we will look into 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 (e.g. geothermal) and subsurface storage (e.g. CO2, H2). The course consists of 4 main parts:

1. Introduction of the basic geological principles, including plate tectonics and sedimentary basin evolution.
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. Introduction of the terms reservoir, seal and traps, how they form and their role for various types of subsurface utilization.
4. 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)
(Lectures: 32 hours; Selfstudy: 108 hours)
Toetsvorm Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(The written examination consists of 5 questions of equal weight.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. J.M. Miocic, PhD.
Docent(en) dr. J.M. Miocic, PhD.
Entreevoorwaarden Prior knowledge: The course unit assumes no prior knowledge other than secondary school math, physics, chemistry and physical geography.
The course is a preparation for: broadening the students view and as preparation for research projects in the second year.


Important: This course is NOT open to Master students who already passed the Bachelor Geo-energy (WBPH018-05 or NAGE-10) course.
Opmerkingen To pass the course, the grade for the written exam should be higher than 5.5.

The formula used for calculating the grade of the exam is: ((score)/(max score)) x 9) + 1.

Second examiner: prof. dr. H.A.J. Meijer
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