GEMex - Geothermal Exploration in Mexico

The GEMex project is a cooperation in Geothermal energy research Europe-Mexico for development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (Acoculco) and Superhot Geothermal Systems (Los Humeros). Los Humeros and Acoculco fields are located at the eastern edge of the Trans Mexican Volcanic Belt (TMVB), a region favourable for geothermal energy exploitation. In the framework of the European H2020 and Mexican CONACyT-SENER project GEMex, several geophysical, geological, and geochemical surveys have been carried out to better understand the structure and behavior of these geothermal reservoirs. In a broader context this acquired knowlegde, will become key for understanding regional geothermal resources for further development.

Time frame

  • since 01.10.2016 - 30.05.2020

Funding

  • The GEMex project is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement No 727550 and the Mexican Energy Sustainability Fund CONACYT-SENER, project 2015-04-68074.

Principal Investigators

  • EU Scientific Coordinator: Dr. David Bruhn
  • Sesimic team: Philippe Jousset (GFZ)
  • Emmanuel Gaucher (KIT), Marco Calò (UNAM),  Arie Verdel (TNO), Joana Martins (TNO), Erik Saenger (HBO), Katrin Löer (HBO), Angel Figueroa (UMSNH), Flavio Poletto (OGS), Gualtierro Bohm (OGS), Biancamarina Farina (OGS), Erika Barison (OGS), Gylfi Páll Hersir (ISOR)

 Personnel

  • Tania Toledo (GFZ)
  • Claudia Finger (HBO)
  • Ivan Granados (UNAM)
  • Joel Angulo (UNAM)

Project Website

http://www.gemex-h2020.eu

Cooperations

  •  KIT (DE), UNAM (MX), TNO (NL), HBO (DE), UMSNH (MX), OGS (IT), ISOR (IS)

Methods & Equipment

  • Temporary seismic network
  • Local earthquakes
  • Local earthquake tomography
  • Ambient noise studies
  • Seismic modelling

Publications/Results

Acknowledgment

We thank the Geophysical Instrument Pool Potsdam (GIPP) for facilitating the seismic equipment used in this project. We also thank the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) for granting access for the seismic network deployment.

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