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WG Geothermal Energy

The use of geothermal energy to generate electricity or heat offers great potential for the energy transition. Deep geothermal energy has been a research focus at the German Research Centre Potsdam (GFZ) since many years. Together with the Berlin and Potsdam universities (FUB, TUB, UP), numerous national and international research projects have already been conducted, which deal with geothermal energy from exploration, to reservoir development, and power plant technology.

Although none of these universities offers an independent program or specialization in "geothermal energy", various courses on geothermal energy are already being offered at the universities in the Berlin-Potsdam area (FU Berlin, TU Berlin, and University of Potsdam). The current and planned courses and events are shown on the following pages.

Background

To match the climate goals of Germany an increased use of renewable energy is needed for the heat sector. The use of geothermal energy offers great potential for the energy transition. Unlike other renewable energies, such as wind and sun, geothermal energy offers a baseload, which means it generates continuously energy. Another use of the geologic underground is for seasonally storing heat and cold to bridge the summer-winter cycles. Geothermal energy and its use for power generation or heat supply have been a focus of research at the German Research Centre for Geosciences Potsdam (GFZ) for many years. Together with the Berlin and Potsdam universities (FUB, TUB, UP), numerous national and international research projects on this topic have already been carried out.

Various courses are currently offered on the subject of geothermal energy at the universities in the Berlin-Potsdam region (FU Berlin, TU Berlin, and University of Potsdam).

While at the TU Berlin topics such as reservoir engineering, drilling technology, fluid-rock interactions and geophysical methods represent the main focus, the FU Berlin focuses on geochemical processes and fluid characterization, and at the UP on heat transport processes and temperature distribution in the earth's crust.

Further Information

Participants of the WG: 

The working group is for all interested people, in particular those offering courses in geothermal energy in the Berlin / Potsdam area.

Participants

institute

Dr. Guido Blöcher

GFZ/TUB

Dr. Sven Fuchs

GFZ/UP

Prof. Dr. Ernst Huenges

GFZ/ TUB

Dr. Egbert JolieGFZ/FUB

Dr. Thomas Kempka

GFZ/UP

Prof. Dr. Michael Kühn

GFZ/UP

Dr. Martin KutzschbachTUB

Prof. Dr. Thomas Neumann

TUB

Dr.  Ben Norden

GFZ/UP

PD Dr. Simona Regenspurg

GFZ/ FUB

Dr. Thomas Reinsch

GFZ/TUB

PD Dr. Traugott Scheytt

TUB

Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider

FUB

Dr. Lutz Thomas

FUB

Prof. Dr. Tomas Manuel Fernandez-Steger

TUB

Prof. Dr. Günter Zimmermann

GFZ/TUB

 

 

 

Our objective is primarily to increase the visibility of geothermal expertise in the regional university landscape. The students should become familiar with the topics of geothermal energy and the various courses at the universities in Berlin and Potsdam (UP, FUB and TUB) by an improved coordination and structuring of various courses on geothermal energy.

In the long term, the development of a geothermal curriculum is also planned.

 

Geothermie-Kolloquium

Dezember 2019: Halbtägige Informationsveranstaltung für Studierende mit Interesse an der Geothermie.

(Details folgen)

EGPD 2019

10th European Geothermal PhD Day

(supported by GeoX)

25th to 27th of February 2019 in Potsdam

More Information:

 https://www.geothermalresearch.eu/egpd-2019/

TU-Berlin

Name der Lehrveranstaltung

Studiengang

Verantwortliche Person

Rock- and Reservoir Mechanics

Geotechnologien für MSc

Dr. Guido Blöcher (GFZ)

Dr. Mauro Cacace (GFZ)

Geothermal Energy Systems

Geotechnologien für MSc

Prof. Dr. Ernst Huenges

Dr. Thomas Reinsch

Angewandte Geochemie

Geotechnologien für MSc

Prof. Dr. Thomas Neumann

Geothermische Technologieentwicklung

Geotechnologien/Geowissenschaften für MSc

Prof. Dr. Günther Zimmermann

Dr. Guido Blöcher

Geohydraulik: Strömungsmodellierungen und Hydraulische Tests

Geotechnologien/Geowissenschaften für BSc und MSc

Prof. Dr. Günther Zimmermann

 

In Planung

Flache Geothermie: Offene und geschlossene Anlagen

Geotechnologien für MSc

PD Dr. Traugott Scheytt

 

 

FU-Berlin

Name der Lehrveranstaltung

Studiengang

Verantwortliche Person

Anleitung zum selbständigen wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten

Hydrogeologie

Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider

Dr.  Andreas Winkler

Geochemische Modellierung (PhreeqC)

Hydrogeologie

Dr. Andreas Winkler

Geothermische Fluide

Hydrogeologie

PD Dr. Simona Regenspurg

Hydrochemie

Hydrogeologie

Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider

Dr.  Andreas Winkler

Mass and energy transport in deep aquifer systems

Hydrogeologie

PD Dr. Fabien Magri

 

Uni Potsdam

Name der Lehrveranstaltung

Studiengang

Verantwortliche Person

Grundlagen der Geothermie der Erdkruste

Geowissenschaften

Dr. Sven Fuchs

Dr. Ben Norden

Grundwasser in tiefen geologischen Systemen und seine Bedeutung für Georessourcen

Geowissenschaften/ Geoökologie

Dr. Thomas Kempka

Prof. Dr. Michael Kühn

 

 

Ringvorlesung FU, TU, UP (wieder in Planung)

Name der Lehrveranstaltung

Studiengang

Verantwortliche Person

ATES: Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage – von der Bohrung bis zum Speicher

Geowissenschaften

Dr. Guido Blöcher, PD Dr. Simona Regenspurg, Dr. Ben Norden, Dr. Thomas Reinsch, Dipl Ing. Stefan Kranz

Masterthesis

Masterthesis

Where:TU Berlin/ GFZ
Title:"Analysis of seismic data of Iceland"
Contact:Philippe Jousset (pjousset@gfz-potsdam.de)

 

Master- or Bachelorthesis

Where:FU Berlin/ GFZ
Title:"Origin of fluoride in geothermal water of th Ethiopian Rift Valley"
Contact:Simona Regenspurg (regens@gfz-potsdam.de)

Masterthesis

Where:FU Berlin/ GFZ
Title:"Occurence of natural radioactive Materials in geothermal fluids"
Contact:Simona Regenspurg (regens@gfz-potsdam.de)