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Example of a basin containing geothermal brine (testwater) produced during the development of a geothermal system in The Netherlands (Hartog, 2016).

Example of a basin containing geothermal brine (testwater) produced during the development of a geothermal system in The Netherlands (Hartog, 2016).

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To minimize fossil fuel combustion, geothermal heat production is increasingly applied in the horticultural sector and for domestic heating in The Netherlands. One of the major operational challenges for further development of geothermal energy in The Netherlands is dealing with the large volumes of geothermal brine that are produced during well de...

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... of the major operational challenges for further development of geothermal energy in The Netherlands is dealing with the large volumes (3500-6000 m 3 per well) of geothermal brine, also called testwater, that are produced during well development ( Bakema et al. 2016;Hartog 2016). This highly saline test water, geothermal brine, is currently temporarily stored in foil basins until processing ( Figure 1). Since re-injection of the waste brine has so far been associated with significant risks for clogging and/or damaging the newly developed wells, finding environmentally and financially acceptable options has been challenging. ...