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‘Frackademia’ research programs

Quite some research in shale issues, led by consortia of states, industry, and academia, are ongoing.


Some of the most prominent shale research projects within the HORIZON 2020 framework, funded by the EU, supervised by DG Research

  • M4ShaleGas: Measuring, monitoring, mitigating managing the environmental impact of shale gas
  • ShaleXenvironmenT – Maximizing the EU shale gas potential by minimizing its environmental footprint. Aims to develop methodology on measuring fugitive methane – might be interesting to reach out at some point.
  • DEGASS – An experimental approach to understand inDuced sEismicity in GAS Shales

The next two projects aim to develop methodology to judge ‘worthiness’ of individual shale gas wells, which sounds like science fiction.

  • FracRisk – Furthering the Knowledge Base For Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Shale Gas Development (FracRisk)
  • SHEER – SHale gas Exploration and Exploitation induced Risks

See all shale related research programs within HORIZON 2020: 181 projects as of Feb. 25, 2016


Other research programs with at least partial public funding:

  • European Energy Research Program (EERA)
    presents itself like this: “The EERA Joint Program on Shale Gas will establish a common knowledge platform for research on the potential, impact and safety of shale gas development in Europe. Existing technologies and methodologies will be evaluated and improved to establish an independent knowledge basis which is based on sound research by 24 independent research institutes from 15 European member states.”
  • ReFINE – Research Fracking
    presents itself as follows: “ReFINE is the leading international research consortium on fracking, led jointly by Newcastle University and Durham University. Working closely with a global network of leading scientists and institutions, the consortium focuses on researching the potential risks of shale gas and oil exploitation.”

Last edit: Feb 25, 2016

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