Kris Welkenhuysen

Senior Geologist
GeoEnergy & Geothermal Energy

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Kris Welkenhuysen obtained his Master in geology in 2006 and PhD in geology in 2017, both at KU Leuven. He has been working at the RBINS-GSB since 2007. Kris leads the GeoEnergy team and is the current lead expert regarding techno-economic simulation of geo-energy applications at the GSB, as well as the main developer of the PSS suite.


Techno-economic simulation and forecasting for geo-energy applications, Geological storage capacity assessments Flexibility and uncertainties in geo-energy projects, Cenozoic stratigraphy of Belgium, PSS development and application

Research group

Research interests

  • Geo-energy
  • CO2 capture, transport and geological storage (CCS)
  • CO2-enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR)
  • Geothermal energy
  • Subsurface energy storage
  • Techno-economic simulation
  • Environmental monitoring

Key publications

Barros, R., Defourny, A., Collignon, A., Jobé, P., Dassargues, A., Piessens, K. & Welkenhuysen, K., 2021. A review of the geology and origin of CO2 in mineral water springs in east Belgium. Geologica Belgica, 24 (1-2). ISSN 1374-8505 IF2019 0.870

Borgers, B., Degryse, P., Quinn, P., De Bie, M. & Welkenhuysen, K., 2019. Roman Pottery Production in Civitas Tungrorum, Central Belgium, during the 1st‐3rd Centuries AD. Archaeometry. ISSN 1475-4754 IF2019 1.519

Compernolle, T., Welkenhuysen, K., Petitclerc, E., Maes, D. & Piessens, K., 2019. The impact of policy measures on geothermal energy investments. Energy Economics, 84, 104524. ISSN 0140-9883 IF2019 5.647

Roefs, P., Moretti, M., Welkenhuysen, K., Piessens, K. & Compernolle, T., 2019. CO2-enhanced oil recovery and CO2 capture & storage: an environmental economic trade-off analysis. Journal of Environmental Management, 239, 167-177. ISSN 0301-4797 IF2018 4.865 

Welkenhuysen, K., Meyvis, B., Swennen, R. & Piessens, K., 2018. Economic threshold of CO2-EOR and CO2 storage in the North Sea: a case study of the Claymore, Scott and Buzzard oil fields. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 78, 271-285. ISSN 1750-5836 IF2018 3.231

Welkenhuysen, K., Brüstle, A.-K., Bottig, M., Ramírez, A., Swennen, R. & Piessens, K., 2016. A techno-economic approach for capacity assessment and ranking of potential options for geological storage of CO2 in Austria. Geologica Belgica, 19 (3-4), p.237-249. ISSN 1374-8505 IF2016 0.739

Welkenhuysen, K., Rupert, J., Compernolle, T., Ramirez, A., Swennen, R. & Piessens, K., 2017. Considering economic and geological uncertainty in the simulation of realistic investment decisions for CO2-EOR projects in the North Sea. Applied Energy, 185 (1), 745-761. ISSN 0306-2619 IF2017 7.900

Compernolle, T., Welkenhuysen, K., Huisman, K., Piessens, K. & Kort, P., 2017. Off-shore enhanced oil recovery in the North Sea: The impact of price uncertainty on the investment decisions. Energy Policy, 101, 123-137. ISSN 0301-4215 IF2017 4.039

Burlet, C., Vanbrabant, Y., Piessens, K., Welkenhuysen, K. & Verheyden, S., 2015. Niphargus: A silicon band-gap sensor temperature logger for high-precision environmental monitoring. Computers & Geosciences, 74, 50-59. ISSN 0098-3004 IF2015 2.474

Welkenhuysen K., Ramírez A., Swennen R. & Piessens K., 2013. Strategy for ranking potential CO2 storage reservoirs: A case study for Belgium. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 17, 431-449. ISSN 1750-5836 IF2013 3.821


Decision Support under Uncertainty for Geothermal Applications

BELSPO BRAIN-be 2.0, 2021-2024
Role: Project coordinator

Low Emission Intensity Lime and Cement 2: Demonstration Scale

EU H2020, 2020-2024
Role: GSB promotor, task leader

Cross-border, cross-thematic multiscale framework for combining geological models and data for resource appraisal and policy support

EU H2020, 2018-2021
Role: Collaborator

Hydrogen Storage in European Subsurface

EU H2020, 2021-2022
Role: GSB promotor

Roll-out of Deep Geothermal Energy in NWE

EU Interreg NEW, 2018-2022
Role: Collaborator

Research Network for Including Geothermal Technologies into Decarbonized Heating and Cooling Grids

EU COST Action, CA18219, 2019-2023
Role: GSB promotor, Management committee member

VPO and GSB project, 2020-2023
Role: Collaborator