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Geophysical Exploration for Renewables

The Metatek technology suite is particularly well suited to mineral and geothermal exploration for renewables.

Geophysical Exploration for Renewables

Metatek Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry (FTG) solutions combined with high-resolution magnetics and hyperspectral provide the data critical in locating the essential components in batteries.

This combination of technologies images the host geology, the mineralisation content and the size of the target.

Our geophysical exploration methods are crucial for the renewables sector as they help assess the potential of renewable energy sources by understanding the subsurface conditions of the Earth. This is also useful for risk assessment, site selection and evaluating environmental impact. 

Benefits of using Geophysical Exploration for Renewables 

With geophysical exploration, vast tracts of lands can be screened for resources with increasing resolution of graded targets; known geological structures identified which may contain the target mineral. This is then confirmed with collaborative investigations.

  • eFTG images geology down to 100m in size, perfect for rare earth deposits, copper and gold
  • Magnetics discriminates the eFTG anomalies to further de-risk exploration
  • Hyperspectral clearly identifies the target mineral


Technologies for Geophysical Exploration in Renewables 

During geophysical exploration for renewables, legacy data, including ground geophysics and borehole data, can be reprocessed, interpreted and incorporated into the final earth model.

Metatek Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry (FTG) solutions combined with Ultra-Broadband Magnetotellurics (UBMT) and high-resolution magnetics provide the data critical in determining the viability of a geothermal source.

Our combination of technologies provides a comprehensive solution. The Process resolves depth to basement, boundaries between impermeable caprock and reservoir, structural framework including paths and temperatures of fluids, presence of magma, depth to the Curie Point and a full 3D earth model of the geological area of interest.

  • UltraBroadband Magnetotellurics (UBMT) detects hydrothermal alterations, the presence of clay minerals, the presence of melts and fluid temperature variations in depocentres.
  • iFTG/eFTG delivers data from surface to 10km or more, identifying subtle faults and structures and providing a detailed model that can be used to design a tailored MT survey, lowering costs.
  • Gravity delivers data in the medium to long wavelength window, complementing the FTG data by characterising depth to basement and density contrasts within the Earth’s crust.
  • High-resolution magnetics delivers depth verification to the Curie Point to establish the presence, size and location of melts and the location and style of volcanic dykes indicative of crustal weaknesses.


Geophysical Exploration for Renewables from Metatek

Find out more about the projects we have conducted by viewing our case studies page

If you have further questions or would like more information regarding geophysical exploration within the renewables sector, contact our team today.  

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