Proper characterization of thermal and hydraulic properties is required for the development of complex heat transfer models. These mathematical models are used to simulate the operation of geothermal systems, such as ground-source heat pumps for green buildings or deep reservoirs for renewable electricity generation.

The new knowledge obtained at the LOG will be used specifically to:

  • assess environments favourable to superficial and deep geothermal systems;
  • improve the design of underground components of geothermal systems;
  • develop more competitive geothermal technologies.

The study of thermal transfer phenomena in Earth sciences and the characterization of the thermal and hydraulic properties of geological materials also find applications in the fields of:

  • environmental hydrogeology;
  • geotechnical engineering in cold regions;
  • Earth geodynamics.