Efficient exploration of the geothermal potential in urban areas

What is the potential for district heating of the Potsdam area? Determining geothermal potentials requires accurate knowledge of the geological subsurface. In the frame of geoPuR, the development of innovative exploration methods will be continued that based on fibre-optic strain measurements applied to the fibre optical telecommunication network of Potsdam. This new technology recently developed in Iceland, opens up new ways to image and monitore the geological underground. This is of particular importance for urbane centres where common exploration methods are often challenging to conduct and limited by the available space, regulations or public acceptance. Based on the new data, we will develop new exploration modules on a modular basis, which can be adopted flexible on different locations and conditions. ...additional information


  • Dr. Christopher Wollin (GFZ Potsdam)
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