Institute of Applied Geosciences
Seismic monitoring at the geothermal power
plant in Rittershoffen

Investigation of the fluid rock interactions in high-pressure experiments

Installation of a seismic monitoring station for the geothermal power plant Rittershofen

Geothermal power plant in Soultz-sous-Forêts

Dynamics of seismic events

      Thermal water investigation
      Water-rock interaction

Welcome to the Department of Geothermal Energy

The Department of Geothermal Energy, led by Thomas Kohl, deals with the scientific and technological challenges of geothermal energy in research and teaching. This base load energy source can be used to produce heat and electricity. The development opportunities of geothermal energy, especially in southern Germany, offers enormous potential and must be further developed for eco-friendly economic use.



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 2019, 106803
Temperature log simulations in high-enthalpy boreholes

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

Geothermal Energy 32 (2019)
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, 101749 (2020)
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
Quantification of fluid flow in rough fractures

Stochastic study of flow anisotropy and channelling in open rough fractures

Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 53 (2020)
Villarrica - Southern Chile Geo-chemical 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 (2018)
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)
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)
Influence of seismic network configuration on earthquake location error

Joint or separate use of seismic down-hole and surface networks during stimulation may influence localization errors. Study at Soultz-sous-Forêts.

Pure Appl. Geophys. 175, 757 (2018)
Inspection of seismicity at geothermal plants in a geomechanical context

In the Bavarian Molasse the interpretation is based on field of tension, fault systems and pressure changes. Here, the position of delivery and injection wells is also included.