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Geothermics & Information Systems

Tasks of the section

 

The shift towards renewable energy makes the exploration and efficient use of sustainable geoenergies such as geothermal energy indispensable. This requires the best possible knowledge of the geothermal and geological conditions of individual sites. By measuring, assessing and providing geothermal data and studying physical processes in geothermal systems, our section provides an important foundation for this task. The aim of our research is to minimize the discovery and development risk of geothermal storage facilities in order to ensure reliable technical and financial planning as well as the social acceptance of geothermal plants. So the meaningful use of geothermal energy in particular for heat supply should be achieved.

The Section sees its tasks particularly in project-oriented research through its connection to operational projects. The research-strategic orientation of the section thus accurately reflects the issues that accompany the ongoing energy transition and the associated need for site-specific use of the underground space for sustainable resource extraction and storage. Thus, the section is involved in the extensive geothermal exploration and development of Munich in cooperation with Stadtwerke München, the development of new development concepts for the southern German Molasse basin at the reference site Geretsried, the development of geothermal exploration methods for the Ruhr area in cooperation with the International Geothermal Center of the Hochschule Bochum and involved in the development of geothermal development strategies in the Leinetalgraben on the campus of the partner university Göttingen.

Our research focuses on the development of site-specific reconnaissance methods, the numerical mapping of cross-scale coupled processes initiated by the use of the geological subsoil, and the construction of interactive geoscientific information systems. This research is therefore subdivided into the three methodological Areas

The section sees itself thus in the continuation of the more than 60 years long tradition in geothermal research of the institute and its predecessor institutions. This research led to a worldwide unique collection of data, which was developed in the section of one of the most comprehensive publicly accessible geothermal information systems, the GeotIS.

The research activities and results are integrated into international networks such as the International Energy Agency (IEA), which is used as an international energy agency by the Federal Government to internationalize the energy transition.

 

to the Research fields of the section

Current projects

  • ZoKrateS Details
    Sequential reservoir treatment at natural fracture zones in deep-seated carbonate rock to develop a petrothermal site in Germany
  • mesoTherm Details
    Exploration and development of hydrothermal reservoirs of medium-deep geothermics
  • REgine Details
    Geophysical-geological based reservoir engineering for deep-seated carbonates
  • PlayType Details
    catalogue of German geothermal provinces

Current publications

  • Modeling, Simulation, and optimization of geothermal energy production from hot sedimentary aquifers. - Computational Geosciences, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10596-020-09989-8, 2020.
    2020, BLANK, L., MENESES RIOSECO, E., CAIAZZO, A. & WILBRANDT, U.
  • Bilinear pressure diffusion and termination of bilinear flow in a vertically fractured well injecting at constant pressure, Solid Earth - Special Issue: Faults, fractures, and fluid flow in the shallow crust, 11, 1423–1440, https://doi.org/10.5194/se-11-1423-2020, 2020.
    2020, PEREZ DONOSO, P.-I., ORTIZ ROJAS, A.-E., MENESES RIOSECO, E.
  • Predictability and controlling factors of overpressure in the North Alpine Foreland Basin, SE Germany: an interdisciplinary post‑drill analysis of the Geretsried GEN‑1 deep geothermal well. Geothermal Energy.
    2020, DREWS, M., HOFSTETTER, P., ZOSSEDER, K., SHIPILIN, V. & STOLLHOFEN, H.
  • Multiphase, decoupled faulting in the southern German Molasse Basin — evidence from 3D seismic data. EGU Solid Earth Discussion Paper
    2020, SHIPILIN, V., TANNER, D.C., VON HARTMANN, H. & MOECK, I.
  • The deep well GEN-1ST-A1 (Geretsried, Bavaria) – Unlocking a geothermal reservoir. Oil Gas European Magazine, Vol 46, Band 1, Seiten 1-3, doi 10.19225/200311.
    2020, MOECK, I., STRAUBINGER, R., THURO, K., STOCKINGER, G. & DUSSEL, M
  • Geothermal play typing in Germany, case study Molasse Basin: a modern concept to categorise geothermal resources related to crustal permeability. - Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 98, e14, 10 p., doi.org/10.1017/njg.2019.12
    2020, MOECK, I., DUSSEL, M., WEBER, J., SCHINTGEN, T. & WOLFGRAMM, M.
  • Probability of success studies for geothermal projects in clastic reservoirs: From subsurface data to geological risk analysis. Geothermics, Vol 83: 101725, 12 Seiten, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geothermics.2019.101725.
    2020, SCHUMACHER, S., PIERAU, R. & WIRTH, W.
  • Geothermisches Nutzungspotential der Buntsandstein- und Keuperaquifere im NO Bayerns. - Grundwasser, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 251–267
    2019, KUNKEL,C., AGEMAR, T. & STOBER, I.
  • Geothermisches Nutzungspotential der Buntsandstein- und Keuperaquifere im NO Bayerns. - Grundwasser, 24: 251-267. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00767-019-00430-1
    2019, KUNKEL,C., AGEMAR, T. & STOBER, I.
  • Quartz and zircon decoupling in sandstone: Petrography and quartz cathodoluminescence of the Early Triassic continental Buntsandstein Group in Germany. - Sedimentology.
    2019, AUGUSTSSON, C., AEHNELT, M., VOIGT, T., KUNKEL, C., MEYER, M. & SCHELLHORN, F.
  • Detailed fluid inclusion and stable isotop analysis on deep carbonates from the North Alpine Foreland basin to constrain paleofluid evolution. Geofluids, vol. 2019, Article ID 8980794, 23 p., doi.org/10.1155/2019/8980794
    2019, MRAZ, E., WOLFGRAMM, M., MOECK, I. & THURO, K.

Head of department

Prof. Dr. Inga Moeck
+49 511 643-3468

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