Deep geothermal energy (>400 m) has an enormous potential to contribute to the World’s energy transition - both in electricity generation and district heating. Drilling into depths of up to 6 km below ground level is necessary to reach the respective temperatures. Understanding the structure and physical properties of the subsurface is therefore key to successfully and safely unlock the potential of deep geothermal energy. Thereby, the Geothermal Technologies research group focuses in particular on:
- Analyses and prediction of pressures and stresses acting in the subsurface
- Impact of pressure and stresses on wellbore stability to improve drilling technologies and well planning
- Mechanical integrity/stability of the subsurface for safe production
- Evolution and productivity of fractured reservoirs
- Influence of pressures and stresses on regional fluid flow and temperature patterns on geological time scales
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The international Autumn School addresses PhD students and researchers in the fields of geo- and engineering sciences with a strong interest in geothermal energy and will take place as a webinar from October 5-6. It is organized by the Geothermal-Alliance Bavaria (GAB) in close collaboration with the University of Strasbourg and will particularly focus on "Applied Methods".
The Geothermal Technologies research group is contributing with a workshop about "Geomechanics & Drilling Risks" on Monday 5th 13:20-14:50 h.