Geothermal Energy and Reservoir Technology

Institute of Applied Geosciences (AGW)

Geothermal Energy and Reservoir Technology

Our focus

Teaching, research and innovations for a sustainable energy system

The Department of Geothermal Energy and Reservoir Technology headed by Thomas Kohl works on the scientific and technological challenges of using geothermal energy. This base loadable and steerable energy source can be used for the sustainable production of heat and electricity. The subsurface also offers the possibility to store thermal energy within a sustainable energy system of fluctuating renewable energies. The development possibilities of geothermal energy are great. To take advantage of this potential in an efficient, economical and environmentally friendly way is the goal of the Department of Geothermal Energy and Reservoir Technology in teaching, research and development.

Laura Spitzmüller (AGW - Geothermal Energy and Reservoir Technology) is awarded with the Christian-Hecht-Preis 2020 in the framwwork of the Praxisforum Geothermie.
Christian-Hecht-Preis 2020

Laura Spitzmüller is awarded with the Christian-Hecht-Preis 2020 in the framework of the Praxisforum Geothermie Bayern for her excellent Master thesis.

Geochemical sampling in Chile
At the edge of the volcano: A research trip in times of Corona

While the world holds its breath because of the corona crisis, Valentin Goldberg is on the remote volcano Tolhuaca in Chile - and at first, he doesn't notice anything.

At the edge of the volcano: A research trip in times of Corona
A multi-stage filtering concept for the evaluation of maximal reservoir performance considering reservoir longevity is introduced.
Numerical based filtering concept for reservoir performance enhancement

A multi-stage filtering concept for the evaluation of maximal reservoir performance considering reservoir longevity is introduced.

J of Petroleum Science and Engineering 190 (2020)
Numerical model of the fracture network of the Soultz reservoir.
Extensive numerical study of the Soultz reservoir

A transient 3D model enables transport modeling of both production wells, characterizes hydraulic conditions and pathways and provides a broad understanding of the reservoir flow zones.

Geothermics 84 (2020)
Quantification of fluid flow in rough fractures.
Quantification of fluid flow in rough fractures

Stochastic study of flow anisotropy and channelling in open rough fractures.

Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering 53, 233-249 (2020)
MulT_predict: A multicomponent geothermometer for reservoir temperature estimation.
MulT_predict

A multicomponent geothermometer for reservoir temperature estimation.

Geothermal Energy 8, 2 (2020)
Temperature logs of high-enthalpy boreholes.
Temperature log simulations in high-enthalpy boreholes

The numerical simulation of temperature logs is used to analyse parameters and uncertainties influencing the interpretation of logging data.

Geothermal Energy 7, 32 (2019)
Master excursion to Iceland 2019
Iceland excursion 2019

Starting at Reykjavik, 24 master students explored Iceland and experienced the natural forces of the island up close.

Report: A song of ice and fire
Geochemical characterization of the geothermal system Villarrica in Southern Chile.
Villarrica - Southern Chile Geochemical characterization of the geothermal system

Improved determination of reservoir temperatures using a novel methodology for geothermometers evaluating the fluid under in-situ conditions.

Geothermics, 74, 217-225 (2018)
Experimental setup of GeoLaBKIT
Acceptability of geothermal installations: A geoethical concept for GeoLaB

Analysis of the social response to recent geothermal development and identification of the precondition for public acceptability of geothermal projects.

Geothermics, 73, 133-145 (2018)
Results of a fault zone analysis in the crystalline basement of the Black Forest.
Identification and spatial arrangement of fault zones

Lineament analysis of digital elevation models and satellite imagery in comparison - fault zone analysis in the crystalline basement of the Black Forest.

J. Struct. Geol., 108, 256-268 (2018)
Unsicherheit bei der Lokation von Erdbeben mit seismischen Monitoring-Netzwerken.
Erdbeben-Ortungsfehler: Einfluss der seismischen Netzwerk-Konfiguration

Gemeinsame / getrennte Anwendung von Oberflächen- und Bohrloch-Netzwerken beeinflusst Lokalierungsfehler (Bsp. Soultz-sous-Forêts)

Pure Appl. Geophys., 175, 757 (2018)