Minister President Dietmar Woidke visits the GFZ

In focus: Research on the energy supply of the future and satellite-based climate and environmental monitoring

Brandenburg's Minister President Dietmar Woidke visited the German Research Centre for Geosciences to find out about the GFZ's current research work. The focus was on the energy transition with the topics of geothermal energy and the underground storage of gases and energy sources such as hydrogen. Dietmar Woidke said: "The GFZ is helping to secure the energy supply of the future. Brandenburg also benefits from this." The Scientific Director of the GFZ, Susanne Buiter, added: "For us, as the national centre for geosciences, it is a matter of preserving the Earth as an intact habitat and using its resources carefully and sustainably. The energy transition is particularly important in this regard. An essential building block for this will be heat from underground, but also the storage of hydrogen in the depths. Brandenburg, as part of the North German Basin, offers the best conditions for both." The Minister President emphasised: "Climate neutrality has become an economic factor, also and especially for Brandenburg." 

GFZ energy research: hydrogen storage

Future energy supply scenarios assume that hydrogen will play a major role as an energy carrier, especially for large industries such as pig iron and steel production or basic industries. Susanne Buiter emphasised: "In order to be able to store the scale of hydrogen required for industrial value chains, above-ground grid and storage infrastructures are not sufficient. Therefore, reliable geological storage of hydrogen is essential. Pore storage facilities such as aquifers and depleted natural gas deposits are particularly suitable for this. They are regionally widespread in Germany. And the GFZ has the expertise and the ambition to clarify open research questions with a demonstrator project in Brandenburg."

There is already a lot of experience with underground natural gas storage facilities, including research on CO2 storage in Ketzin, Brandenburg. But this cannot be transferred 1:1 to hydrogen, because hydrogen consists of very small molecules compared to other gases. This changes both the technological requirements for pipelines and seals and the requirements for underground storage facilities. The GFZ has well over a decade of experience in researching underground gas storage.

GFZ energy research: geothermal energy

In the field of geothermal energy, the GFZ is one of the leading and largest research institutions in Europe and has conducted groundbreaking research in this area, including in Groß Schönebeck in Brandenburg. It is currently involved in more than 30 application projects with national and international partners and is co-editor of the "Roadmap Deep Geothermal Energy for Germany".

GFZ climate and environment monitoring with satellites

In addition to the topic of energy, Minister President Woidke's visit focused on another GFZ research priority: monitoring the environment from space. The hyperspectral satellite EnMAP went into regular operation in November 2022 and, under the scientific direction of the GFZ, provides data on soils, raw material deposits and the condition of waters or forests. The GRACE-Follow-On satellite mission tracks changes in the global water cycle. Both missions provide valuable global and regional contributions to climate and environmental monitoring.

Scientific Contact

Media Contact

Additional News

Portrait Lars Bernard, green background

The Board of Trustees appoints Prof. Lars Bernard to the Scientific Advisory Board of the…

Portrait photo of Harald Schuh, background: green

AGU Award for Harald Schuh

The glass building with flagging "IASS" at Helmholtzstraße 5.

An ideal addition to the Helmholtz Association

SLR Station, Laser

New DFG Research Unit “Clock Metrology: A Novel Approach to TIME in Geodesy” with GFZ…

Niels Hovius portrait

Niels Hovius appointed to the renowned "National Academy of Science and Engineering –…

[Translate to English:] GFZ-Logo

GFZ's position on the Leopoldina paper “Earth System Science”

Kimberella fossile

Feeding strategies of the oldest known animals (Ediacara)

Portraits of the five young researchers

EGU OSPP Awards 2022 to five GFZ researchers

[Translate to English:] Lila Flagge wehend über einem Dachgiebel

Interviews on the occasion of the Purple Light Up 2022

Obituary picture of Dr. Kemâl Erbas.

Obituary Dr. Kemâl Erbas

Two profile photos and in between the logo of BMWK and a symbol image for a text document.

Important signal for the expansion of deep geothermal energy

German map with quality-checked data points, shown as columns

A new heat-flow analysis shows higher values for Germany

P. Martinez-Garzon in a forest next to a giant split rock

Dr. Patricia Martinez-Garzon wins ERC Starting Grant for her project QUAKE-HUNTER

Map of Türkiye with the marked epicentre of the earthquake in the northwestern part of the country

Background on today's earthquake in northwest Türkiye

Topography map of the alps.

What is driving the Alps upwards?

Groupp picture ICDP/IODP Kolloquiums

Joint IODP/ICDP-Colloquium at GFZ

Teachers in lecture hall during lecture

"Extreme Events in the Earth System" - 20th "System Earth" Autumn School

Two young researchers stand in front of trees holding their certificates, next to them stands Ludwig Stroink, who awarded the certificates.

“GFZ Friends” honours Theresa Hennig and Lei Wang with the “Friedrich-Robert-Helmert Prize…

Satellite image of a desert area: Colorful spots show different minerals.

German environmental satellite EnMAP: start into regular operation

On the left, a measuring tower in a low overgrown tundra landscape.

More methane from Siberia in summer

[Translate to English:] Profilfoto mit schwarzem Rahmen von Henning Francke

Obituary: Henning Francke

Group photo with projekt responsible

Making geodata interoperable and suited for curiosity driven research: GEO-INQUIRE project…

Schema Energiebereitstellung durch Geothermie

European Geothermal Congress from 17 to 21 October 2022 in Berlin

Gruppenfoto PAM

International Conference on Polar and Alpine Microbiology

Leni Scheck Wenderoth

“AWG Professional Excellence Award” for Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth

Ausbildung am GFZ

Berufsausbildung und duales Studium am GFZ

Dr. Ute Weckmann during the opening speech of the workshop

Dr. Ute Weckmann takes over the chairmanship of IAGA Division VI

Anke Neumann aon a boat during a research trip

Dr Anke Neumann is a Senior Humboldt Research Fellow

Earth Model

New DFG priority programme on deep Earth evolution over geologic time

Logo of the Helmholtz Innovation Labs: written words only

Successful interim evaluation of the two Helmholtz Innovation Labs at the GFZ

back to top of main content