The thermal response test (TRT) allows to obtain basic information on the quality of the rock mass in terms of the heat exchange process and the quality of a borehole heat exchanger. We conduct comprehensive TRT studies throughout the country, using mobile measuring equipment of our design. Tests are carried out on borehole heat exchangers of various designs, the operating time depends on the design parameters of the well and ranges from 48 to over 100 hours.
The AGH Laboratory of Geoenergetics conducts detailed geothermal energy analyses based on the research of soil medium and data from drilled boreholes. The purpose of such analysis is the determination of the required number, depth, and location of borehole heat exchangers for the consumer's needs. These parameters depend on the amount of heat and/or cold demand of the energy consumer.
Postgraduate studies "Geoenergetics and Geoengineering" consist of 2 semesters of study in the field of geothermal energy, especially in terms of geology and drilling; heat storage in the rock mass for heating and cooling systems based on geothermal heat pumps; the latest achievements in geoengineering for the broadly understood needs of construction and surface infrastructure.More info
The Laboratory designs geothermal boreholes using the latest technical knowledge, such as the use of lightweight composite structures in the boreholes; the use of modified cement slurries in terms of thermal conductivity to reduce heat losses during the exploitation of geothermal waters, selection of structures for modern submersible pumps; anti-corrosion structures.
The Laboratory of Geoenergetics provides drilling supervision during geothermal drilling. Due to the limited knowledge of Investors, who in geothermal energy are usually local government units, it is necessary to support them with professional knowledge, especially in the field of drilling.
Various designs of borehole heat exchangers are being researched in the Laboratory. Therefore, it is possible to support Investors and/or Designers regarding the selection of the construction of borehole heat exchangers and the method of drilling.
The Laboratory conducts research on borehole heat exchangers. These include thermal response tests, temperature profiling, hydraulic characterization tests and other geothermal tests.
The Laboratory of Geoenergetics has a license for the TOUGH2.0 numerical simulator, which enables modeling the geothermal reservoir exploitation in terms of pressure changes, temperature changes, and mineralization. Based on the created deposit models, it is possible to forecast future exploitation.
Opinions on geothermal energy, in particular on systems based on heat pumps and borehole exchangers, are bering created in the Laboratory. Employees also take part in various research and/or design works as consultants.
On the second-cycle programme of full-time studies, a speciality called "Geoengineering and geothermics" has been created within the field of Geoengineering and Borehole Mining. The studies include theoretical and practical training and field workshops.