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Research on Formation Mechanisms of Hot Dry Rock Resources in China

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As an important geothermal resource, hot dry rock (HDR) reserves have been studied in many countries. HDR resources in China have huge capacity and have become one of the most important resources for the potential replacement of fossil fuels. However, HDR resources are difficult to develop and utilise. Technologies for use with HDR, such as high‐temperature drilling, reservoir characterisation, reservoir fracturing, microseismic monitoring and high‐temperature power stations, originate from the field of oil and drilling. Addressing how to take advantage of these developed technologies is a key factor in the development of HDR reserves. Based on the thermal crustal structure in China, HDR resources can be divided into four types: high radioactive heat production, sedimentary basin, modern volcano and the inner‐plate active tectonic belt. The prospective regions of HDR resources are located in South Tibet, West Yunnan, the southeast coast of China, Bohai Rim, Songliao Basin and Guanzhong Basin. The related essential technologies are relatively mature, and the prospect of HDR power generation is promising. Therefore, analysing the formation mechanisms of HDR resources and promoting the transformation of technological achievements, large‐scale development and the utilisation of HDR resources can be achieved in China.
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Keywords: HDR resources; develop prospect; drilling technique; genetic type; resources distribution

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2016

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