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Research - Dept. of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems

Furthering the Knowledge Base For Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Shale Gas Development (FracRisk)
Project manager:Holger Class, Rainer Helmig
Research assistants:Alexander Kissinger
Martin Beck
Dennis Gläser
Duration:1.6.2015 - 31.5.2018
Funding:European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 640979
Project Partners:PENN STATE - Marcellus Centre for Outreach and Research (USA), Spanish National Research Council (Spain), Bundesanstalt fur Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (Germany), Jung Geotherm (Germany), Environmental & Water Resource Engineering (Israel), University of Vienna (Austria), Heriot-Watt University (UK), Uppsala University (Sweden), The National Center for Scientific Research (France), The University of Gottingen (Germnay), The University of Edinburgh (UK), Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

This project is part of the research area:
Conceptual models for the optimisation and risk minimisation of subsurface technologies related to energy supply

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The objectives of FracRisk are to develop a knowledge base for understanding, preventing and mitigating the potential impact of the exploration and exploitation through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of significant shale gas reserves found throughout Europe, and to develop a decision support tool for risk quantification of the environmental impacts of the technology. The aim is to provide key scientific‐based yet practical recommendations aimed at minimising the environmental footprint of shale gas extraction through effective planning and regulation, and also to address public concerns. LH2 is lead on Workpackage 5: Model Development and Modelling Model Development. The main tasks of this workpackage are: review of standard industry modelling capabilities, development of model scenarios including key processes and key events, validation of models with real data and identification of optimal data density for cost effective uncertainty reduction. Besides the coordination of the workpackage LH2 will contribute with numerical modelling concepts developed in-house and implemented into the simulator Dumux.