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Prof. Dr. Ernst Huenges

Head of Section 6.2: Geothermal Energy Systems

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Telegrafenberg
Building A 69, room 216
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-1440
Fax: +49 331 288-1450
e-mail: ernst.huenges(at)gfz-potsdam.de

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About the person

Function and Responsibilities:

Head of section 6.2 Geothermal Energy Systems
Head of International Centre for Geothermal Research ICGR

Research Interests:

  • Earth’s transport processes including thermal, hydraulic, and mechanical aspects
  • Utilization of underground resources
  • Stimulation techniques to enhance the fluid productivity of reservoirs (Enhanced Geothermal Systems) and to guarantee a long-term extraction of geothermal energy
  • Development of new technologies for an economical exploration and utilization of geothermal energy for power supply, heating and/or cooling

Career:

  • From 01/2016
    Head of section "Geothermal Energy Systems, German Centre for Geoscience, Potsdam
    in Headfunction from 1994 in previous other called structural units
    - Section 4.1 Reservoirtechnologies
    - Sektion 5.2 Geothermics
    - "Projektbereich" 4.4 Rock Physics and Geothermics
    - "Projektbereich" 4.4 Physical Properties of Rocks and Minerals
  • From 01/2008
    Director of the International Centre for Geothermal Research at the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, Potsdam
  • From 09/1994
    Head of Section 4.1 "Reservoir Technologies" at GFZ.
    Formerly headed equivalent organizational units were:
    - PB 4.4: Physical Properties of Rocks and Minerals
    - PB 4.4: Rock physics and Geothermics
    - Section 5.2: Geothermics
  • 05/1994 to 08/1994
    Coordination of the "Atlas of Geothermal Resources of Europe", LIAG (Hannover)
  • 01/1992 to 04/1994
    Project management of the Continental Deep Drilling Project (KTB) in Hannover: Geoscientific planning and evaluation
  • 09/1990 to 12/1991
    Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen: Interpretation of borehole measurements within the concept of the utilization of geothermal energy
  • 10/1988 to 08/1990
    Continental Deep Drilling Project (KTB) in Windischeschenbach, Germany: Petrophysical department
  • 08/1987 to 09/1988
    Institute for Applied Geophysics at the Technical University Berlin: Development of an instrument to measure thermal conductivity of rocks
  • 03/1984 to 07/1987
    Mineralogical Institute of the University Bonn
  • 05/1977 to 10/1977
    Laboratory engineer at the company Vaillant in Remscheid

Education:

  • From 11/2011
    Honorary Professor for Geothermal Research at the Technical University Berlin
  • 12/1987
    Doctor rer. nat. at the University Bonn;
    Thesis about petrophysical properties of rocks
  • 02/1984
    Diploma in Physics and second subject Geology at the University Bonn; Diploma thesis about the electrical resistivity of rock
  • 03/1977
    Diploma in Process Engineer at the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf


Projects:

http://www.gfz-potsdam.de/en/section/geothermal-energy-systems/projects/

Research Boards and Committees:

  • Spokesman of the Topic "Geothermal Energy Systems" within Helmholtz Research Programme Renewable Energies
  • Coordinator of the Joint Programme Geothermal Energy of the European Energy Alliance EERA
  • Member of the expert committee of renewable energies of the Association of German Engineers VDI
  • Board of director of the Renewable Energy Research Association FVEE
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the National Geothermal Society (Bundesverband Geothermie GtV)

Awards:

Patricius medal 2012 of GtV Bundesverband Geothermie