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Geothermal modelling of Paris basin area

Geothermal Institute’s modeling of Paris basin area ensuring sustainable zero-carbon heating source

Sustainability Challenge

Energy Transition

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Story Highlights

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG Goal 7 affordable and clean energy.

SDG Goal 9 industry, innovation and infrastructure.

SDG Goal 13 climate action.

Utilized Software

Leapfrog Geothermal




Geothermal Institute (Auckland)

The geothermal reservoirs underneath Paris are already providing low-energy heating to more than 250,000 homes and the Paris-Orly Airport. To responsibly manage this valuable resource, the Geothermal Institute of the University of Auckland, in collaboration with geothermal consulting company Geofluid, sought to improve its geotechnical understanding of the reservoirs. They used Leapfrog Geothermal to build a geological model that includes a numerical representation of the geothermal production in the area. The visualization gives all stakeholders an intuitive grasp of geothermal use, ensuring a sustainable zero-carbon heating source for much of the city.