Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ernst HuengesHelmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Head of Section 4.1, Reservoir Technologies
Telegrafenberg, A69 216
Phone: +49 331 288 1440
Fax: +49 331 288 1450
Ernst Huenges, since 1994 head of section Reservoir Technologies in the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, is a qualified physicist and process engineer. His numerous scientific papers refer to Earth's transport processes and in the recent years he is concentrated on the utilization of underground resources. He is head of the petrophysical laboratories at the GFZ and involved in a number of scientific deep drilling projects. He and his co-workers develop stimulation techniques to enhance the fluid productivity of reservoirs (Enhanced Geothermal Systems) and to guarantee a long-term extraction of geothermal energy. The multidisciplinary working group binds basic and applied research focusing on new technologies for an economical exploration and utilization of geothermal energy for power supply, heating and/or cooling.
05/1977 to 10/1977
Laboratory engineer at the company Vaillant in Remscheid.
03/1984 to 07/1987
Mineralogical Institut of the University Bonn.
08/1987 to 09/1988
Institut for Applied Geophysics at the Technical University Berlin: development of an instrument to measure thermal conductivity of rocks.
10/1988 to 08/1990
Continental Deep Drilling Project (KTB) in Windischeschenbach: Petrophysical department.
09/1990 to 12/1991
Rheinisch-Westfälische-Technische Hochschule Aachen: Interpretation of borehole measurements within the concept of the utilisation of geothermal energy.
01/1992 to 04/1994
Project management of the Continental Deep Drilling Project (KTB) in Hannover: Geo-scientific planning and evaluation.
05/1994 to 08/1994
Co-ordination of the "Atlas of Geothermal Resources of Europe" (Hannover).
Head of Section 4.1 "Reservoir Technologies" at GFZ.
Formerly headed equivalent organisational units were:
PB 4.4: Physical Properties of Rocks and Minerals
PB 4.4: Rockphysics and Geothermics
Section 5.2: Geothermics
Director of the International Centre for Geothermal Research at GFZ.
diploma in Physics and Geology at the University Bonn;
diploma thesis about the electrical resistivity of rocks
doctor rer. nat. at the University Bonn;
thesis about petrophysical properties of rocks.
Huenges, E. (Ed.) (2010): Geothermal Energy Systems : Exploration, Development and Utilization, Wiley-VCH, 463 p.
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Huenges, E. (2010): Energie aus der Tiefe : Geothermische Stromerzeugung - In: Bührke, T.; Wengenmayr, R. (Eds.), Erneuerbare Energie : Alternative Energiekonzepte für die Zukunft, Wiley-VCH, 58-66.
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