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Enabling fracking free enhanced geothermics using environmental friendly natural products: a proof of concept

Initiative: "Experiment!" (beendet)
Ausschreibung: Explorative Phase
Bewilligung: 19.12.2019
Laufzeit: 1 Jahr 6 Monate


Natural conditions currently hinder the successful exploitation of geothermal energy in European low-temperature rock formations, even if this energy production is most environmental friendly, CO2-neutral, and continuously available. Geotechnical engineering to overcome these barriers, such as fracking, is emotionally discussed and has no legal acceptance. This hinders the widespread use of geothermics as an energy source. The authors propose a new and green approach by regulating the macroscopic variable of outflow temperature through chemical modification of the flow regime. To his end, the team wants to explore natural chemical compounds as additives to the circulating fluid. The goal is to increase heat transfer efficiency and to slow down its efficiency loss. As a long-term perspective, the construction of geothermal energy plants with a smaller affected area might become possible reducing initial installation costs and enabling more plants in populated area. Smaller plants will also recover more quickly after cooling out.


  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Licha

    Universität Bochum
    Fakultät für Geowissenschaften
    Institut für Geologie, Mineralogie und Geophysik
    AG Hydrogeochemie

  • Dr. Thomas Heinze

    Universität Bochum
    Fakultät für Geowissenschaften
    Institut für Geolgie, Geophysik und Mineralogie
    AG Angewandte Geologie