We report on a statistical approach to the study of subsoil thermal data in order to establish if the Piedmont plain (NW Italy) is promising for geothermal purposes. The model we developed can be used during the preliminary stage of investigation for the exploitation of subsoil by means of low enthalpy geothermal plants. As an example of our method, we performed a statistical analysis using groundwater thermometric data collected during the spring and autumn of 2009 in monitoring piezometers located in the Quaternary fluvial deposits hosting a shallow aquifer. This study allowed us to determine the location of the homoeothermic surface, its depth range and the average value of the temperature with its associated uncertainty. This average value corresponds to the asymptotic behavior of the damped oscillations connected to seasonal temperature fluctuations found in the subsurface. The results we obtained are also in agreement with the solutions of the heat conduction equation with stationary boundary conditions. Our method allows us to determine the statistical probability of finding a given groundwater temperature near the homeothermic surface, with a chosen confidence interval. This can be useful for example in planning to install “open loop” heat pump system. This methodology allows to significantly limit direct measurements, which would need to be widespread and repeated, and therefore expensive.

A statistical approach to the study of the shallow aquifer in the Piedmont region (NW Italy)

BARBERO, DIEGO;DE LUCA, Domenico;FORNO, Maria Gabriella;LASAGNA, Manuela;MAGNEA, Lorenzo
2014

Abstract

We report on a statistical approach to the study of subsoil thermal data in order to establish if the Piedmont plain (NW Italy) is promising for geothermal purposes. The model we developed can be used during the preliminary stage of investigation for the exploitation of subsoil by means of low enthalpy geothermal plants. As an example of our method, we performed a statistical analysis using groundwater thermometric data collected during the spring and autumn of 2009 in monitoring piezometers located in the Quaternary fluvial deposits hosting a shallow aquifer. This study allowed us to determine the location of the homoeothermic surface, its depth range and the average value of the temperature with its associated uncertainty. This average value corresponds to the asymptotic behavior of the damped oscillations connected to seasonal temperature fluctuations found in the subsurface. The results we obtained are also in agreement with the solutions of the heat conduction equation with stationary boundary conditions. Our method allows us to determine the statistical probability of finding a given groundwater temperature near the homeothermic surface, with a chosen confidence interval. This can be useful for example in planning to install “open loop” heat pump system. This methodology allows to significantly limit direct measurements, which would need to be widespread and repeated, and therefore expensive.
4th International Conference on Data Analysis and Modeling in Earth Sciences - DAMES 2014
Milano
6-8 ottobre 2014
DAMES 2014: Data analysis and modeling in Earth Sciences
Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche
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http://dames.pik-potsdam.de/
Statistical Analysis; fluvial deposits; Piedmont (Italy); shallow geothermal applications
Barbero D.; De Luca D.A.; Forno M. G.; Lasagna M.; Magnea L.
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