Geothermal atlas representing the potential competition in using the underground for CCS or deep geothermal energy
In its coalition agreement of the 17th legislature, the Federal Government of Germany has decided to commission a geothermal atlas to view potential competition between CO2 storage and deep geothermal energy. The utilization potentials for both options were presented together on four maps on a scale of 1: 1,000,000. Hydrothermal and petrothermal systems were evaluated individually according to their geothermal potential and future availability. In addition, information on deep reaching fault systems were compiled in a national survey. However, further criteria should be taken into account for a comparative evaluation of the two options and a possible designation of preferential areas. Detailed feasibility studies are also required in individual cases. The maps have been integrated into GeotIS and are available for download.