Publication: Geothermal Potential of Madrid Basin from Integrated Geophysical and Well Data Analysis (Central Spain)
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New energy demand linked to world population growth and awareness about climate change have brought out the need to develop new forms of energy guided by the urgency of an ecological transition. In this context geothermal resources have the potential of contributing significantly to sustainable use in many parts of the world. In Spain, during the 80´s, oil and gas explorations carried out in the Madrid Basin confirmed the existence of two geothermal reservoirs. Here we present diverse geological features of the basin essential in geothermal exploration. We use airborne radiogenic and magnetic data to characterize the basement. Detailed ground concentration estimates of the heat producing elements are used to calculate the heat production and heat flow in the near surface. The distribution pattern of both parameters is heterogeneous with two main areas separated by southward prolongation of the Berzosa Fault. The eastern sector is characterized by both low heat production and heat flow rates while the western area is distinguished by high values as a response of the exposed granites. In addition, we build one 3D geological model and one 3D isothermal model with Leapfrog Geothermal from seismic, well data and mapping information.