This research topic focuses on the environment-friendly and economically sustainable utilization of geothermal energy for district heating and electrical power generation. Emphasis is on a concept addressing the generation or engineering of geothermal reservoirs to meet the requirements of sustained fluid-flow rates in various geological settings. Another facet of our research is the underground storage of thermal energy in aquifers.
This topic is coordinated by three institutes, next to the GFZ (Ernst Huenges) the KIT (Thomas Kohl) and the UFZ (Olaf Kolditz) are involved. For exploring geothermal systems in various scales, we apply combinations of field based geological, geophysical, and geochemical methods with reservoir geology and stress field analysis. We provide solutions to successfully generate heat exchangers at depth and to monitor and environmental safely operate geothermal systems at the interface between plant engineering issues and subsurface reservoirs in an interdisciplinary fashion. To facilitate the development of such a geothermal technology large research facilities and infrastructures are required.
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