Since 2009 the international research activities of GFZ in the field of geothermal technologies are coordinated by the International Centre for Geothermal Research. Since then the International Centre for Geothermal Research at GFZ is a coordination platform for multidisciplinary international and national research projects on geothermal energy supply. Until the end of 2015 organized as one of the Technology Transfer Centres in the context of Exploration and Exploitation of the Subterranean Space the activities of the ICGR will be continued in the Section "Geothermal Energy Systems" by 2016. Through the lead of Prof. Dr. E. Huenges and inclusion of all ICGR staff into the Section "Geothermal Energy Systems" continuity of the current work is guaranteed.
Within international and national research cooperations topics of basic and applied research as well as their applications are adressed in large scale hands on projects which plot the whole process for an energetic use of the underground. The solution for an utilization of underground resources meet the challenge to contribute to strategies for the mitigation of climate changes by developing reliable geothermal technologies and innovative concepts of a sustainable and economic energy supply of power, heat and chill.