Supercritical geothermal fluids (>5 km, >400°C) offer significantly more energy than conventional geothermal fluids found at current depths (~3.5 km) and reservoir temperatures (<350°C).
‘Geothermal: The Next Generation‘ will address geological, geochemical and technological challenges unknown in conventional geothermal use. The team, combining expert geophysicists, geologists, experimental geochemists, modellers and strategic advisors, will investigate New Zealand’s supercritical conditions and learn from international experiences.
Supercritical resources offer a near-limitless baseload energy supply that will fundamentally transform New Zealand’s energy sector. This future includes a decarbonised electricity system with improved environmental performance.
Supercritical also opens new investment opportunities. Economic development will be supported through commercial applications of supercritical geothermal resources for material processing, industrial scale forestry, dairy and other industrial uses.