Geothermal Energy and Reservoir Technology

The Department of Geothermal Energy and Reservoir Technology offers the courses listed below. The following bachelor and master theses are currently advertised. If you are interested, you can also contact the teachers of our department at any time. Part of our teaching are also varied and practice-oriented excursions.

Bachelor

Qualification goals:

  • Basic knowledge about the different resources of our earth
  • Genesis and extraction of the main underground energy resources
  • Principles of the commodity market
  • Understanding of important parameters such as price development, resource, reserve and infrastructure

Content:

  • Geothermal potential, exploration, extraction, renewable energies
  • Hydrocarbon-based energy raw materials (peat, lignite, hard coal, anthracite, crude oil, natural gas (conventional, non-conventional, incl. fracking)

Further Information: Campus Management System, ILIAS

Master

Qualification goals:

  • Development of projects with cost estimation for near-surface and deep geothermal energy
  • Explanation of examples and case studies from theory and practice

Content:

  • Introduction to geothermal use
  • Hydrothermal/EGS Deep geothermal energy
  • Stimulation methods
  • Exploration
  • Thermodynamics and motorcycle processes
  • Near-surface geothermal energy
  • Examples of use

Further information: Campus Management System, ILIAS

Part of this event is also an excursion, which offers deeper insights into geothermal energy practice. Further information can be found in the Campus Management System and on ILIAS.

Qualification goals:

  • Learning the basics of different well technologies
  • Evaluation, representation and scientific presentation of results

Content:

  • Structure Rig / Rotary Procedure
  • Mud circuit
  • Measurement while Drilling (MWD)
  • Logging while triplet (LWD)
  • Well completion
  • Examples of use

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Qualification goal:

  • Characterization of reservoirs using logging data

Content:

  • Introduction to petrophysics
  • Distribution of fluid/rock parameters around a borehole
  • wireline logging
  • Archie's Law
  • Active and passive logs (resistance, induction, sonic, SP, nuclear methods, imaging methods, ...)
  • Examples of use

Further information: Campus Management System, ILIAS

Qualification goals:

  • Knowledge of the field of geothermal energy
  • Classification of essential physical processes in the subject area
  • Application of methods for geothermal underground investigations and execution of calculations of the collected data

Content:

  • Introduction to geothermal energy, references and demarcation to neighbouring disciplines
  • Energy conservation, thermal and petrophysical properties of rocks
  • Temperature field of the earth, influence of topography and climate on the temperature distribution, heat transport in the continental and oceanic crust
  • Fourier law, stationary/instationary heat conduction
  • advection by flow motion (Darcy's law), Kelvin problem, Gaussian error functions
  • Introduction to the methods and applications of geothermal energy: bullard plot interpretation, measurement techniques, bottom-hole temperature data
  • Introduction to geophysical geodynamics

Further information: Campus Management System, ILIAS

Part of this event is also an excursion, which offers first insights into geothermal energy practice. Further information can be found in the Campus Management System and on ILIAS.

Qualification goals:

  • Comparison and analysis of geothermal systems
  • Evaluation and discussion of geothermal systems
  • Acquisition of specific knowledge about geothermal systems with subsequent presentation and discussion

Content:

  • Introduction to Geothermal Reservoir Engineering
  • Reservoir geology of crystalline and sedimentary rocks
  • Geothermal reservoir exploration
  • Geothermometry of thermal waters
  • Precipitations
  • Induced Seismicity
  • Seismic monitoring
  • Numerical reservoir modelling
  • Geothermal probes

Further information:

Qualification goals:

  • Application of a numerical simulation program
  • Knowledge of basic procedures of statistics and probability theory with regard to the analysis of geoscientific data and process modelling
  • Mastery of Matlab as programming language

Content:

  • Matlab as programming language: introduction, basics, graphics
  • Statistical methods and probability methods of geoscientific data
  • Physical Mechanisms and Processes in the Earth Sciences
  • Numerical strategies for solving complex coupled processes (finite differences, finite elements, coupling)
  • Introduction to reservoir simulation
  • Calculation: Doublet with analytical calibration models

Further information: Campus Management System, ILIAS