EPOS-eNLarge, a research project that focuses on efficient and safe use of the Dutch subsurface, has just obtained a grant of 18 million euro.
The project, a collaboration between Utrecht University, TU Delft, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), and the TNO Geological Survey of the Netherlands, will integrate large-scale geophysical facilities in the Netherlands into a coherent infrastructure for research into geo-societal challenges and at the same time will improve our understanding of micro-processes in the subsurface. One of the key goals is to increase efficient use of geothermal energy, ultimately accelerating the number of geothermal projects being deployed in the Netherlands.
“This grant opens up a barrel of possibilities for research into the impact of human use of our subsurface,” says Martyn Drury, EPOS-eNLarge scientific director and researcher at Utrecht University. “It is critical to understand such impact at all relevant scales: from nanometer to kilometer. Our findings will be internationally relevant also for the EPOS data portal”. In fact, EPOS-eNLarge ensure that unique data from the Dutch subsurface is openly available and centrally accessible through EPOS, the European research infrastructure for solid Earth sciences.