DAAD Scholarship for Dr. Sana'a Al-Zyoud
Dr. Sanaa Al-Zyoud is an assistant professor at Al al Bayt University, Jordan. She got a scholarship from DAAD as a former DAAD scholarship holder. The grant is provided for three months in order to give Dr. Al –Zyoud the chance for conducting her research at TU Darmstadt under the Re-invitation Programme for Former Scholarship Holders.
In order to maintain her academic and professional contacts with the institute where she graduated seven years ago, Dr. Al-Zyoud started her research entitled with “Evaluation of a prospective geothermal reservoir in NE Jordan: Investigation of thermophysical and hydrochemical characteristics” at the Geothermal Science and Technology group.
The proposed project aims at evaluating a prospective geothermal field in the eastern part of Al Mafraq, NE Jordan, for heating and cooling applications. Thermophysical and hydrochemical characterization of the reservoir will be implemented. Rock lithology and the chemistry of thermal waters will be assessed to classify the geothermal reservoir, thus estimate the potential and feasibility. The final results of this project should be integrated to initiate a 3-D model for heat flow simulation, in a future project, that can be disseminated to the decision makers in Jordan.
Expert discussion about permeability changes due to borehole heat exchangers – effects on the approval situation
The first technical discussion on this topic took place previously to the Geotherm Exposition on February 13, 2019 in Offenburg. Nearly 70 people from public authorities, planning offices and research institutes took part in the event, which was recognized as a continuing education program in accordance with DVGW W120-2. This event was organized by the Department of Applied Geothermal Energy of the TU Darmstadt and the Department of Geotechnics and Geothermics of the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe within the framework of the PtJ-BMWi joint project OPTIMOG.
The construction and operation of borehole heat exchangers (BHE) focuses on groundwater protection. Insufficient sealing of the BHE – for example due to incorrectly executed backfill or frost damage – must be avoided. On the other hand, the definition to low hydraulic permeability limits of BHE systems or a general prohibition of frost operation lead to a considerable reduction in the potential of this technology.
The potential of BHE and the requirements for hydraulic permeability were discussed controversially during the technical discussion. To this end, recent research activities have been presented that address the issue of proper backfill or the persistency of backfill materials to freeze-thaw-cycles and seek to develop technologies that enable safe, sustainable and efficient operation of BHE.
Team from TU Darmstadt wins Science4Life Energy Award
A team from TU Darmstadt was honored with the Science4Life Energy Award on November 23, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main. Sponsors of Science4Life are the Hessian state government and the healthcare company Sanofi. The three-phase Science4Life competition aims to bring together new ideas from the health, biotechnology, chemistry and energy technology industries. The first phase is a business plan competition and consists of submitting a business idea.
A total of 81 teams from all over Germany participated in the idea phase this year. 30 teams were invited to the workshop in Frankfurt to work together with experts to further develop the business idea. The best five teams were rewarded with a prize of 500 euros. Including the team “Erdwärmesondenspeicher” (borehole heat exchanger storage) of the TU Darmstadt, consisting of Dr.-Ing. Daniel Schulte, Dipl.-Ing. Bastian Welsch, M.Sc. Julian Formhals and Prof. Ingo Sass. According to the jury, “Tthe team working on the geothermal storage system is working on the idea of storing geothermal energy in the medium-deep underground seasonally using geothermal probes, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the heating sector while simultaneously reducing heating costs, taking into account groundwater protection.”
More information about the Science4Life Energy Award and this year's award ceremony can be found here.
Dr. Daniel Schulte awareded with the Athene Prize for Good Teaching
On TU Darmstadt's day of teaching, the Athena Awards for Good Teaching have been awarded by the Carlo and Karin Giersch Foundation. The prizes are endowed with a total of 46,000 euros and worthy TU members who have rendered outstanding courses. Dr. Daniel Schulte, far left in the picture, received the award for his dedicated and interactive arrangement of the basic lecture “Geothermal I” in the winter semester 2017/2018.
Further information and photos of the Athena Prize 2018 can be found here.
Award for the best dissertation of the department
The Association of Friends of the Technische Universität Darmstadt awards the best dissertation of each faculty of the TU Darmstadt annually. In 2016, the thesis of Daniel Schulte entitled “Simulation and Optimization of Deep Borehole Thermal Energy Storage Systems” was selected as the best dissertation of the Department of Materials and Geosciences.
More information and a list of the winners are available here.
Energy Prize 2013 awarded to Dipl.-Ing. Johanna Rüther, MSc.
At the 5. Darmstädter Energiekonferenz the Energy-Prize 2013 for the best Master Thesis entitled „The validation of the LMC device – Analysis of Icelandic basaltic rocks“ was awarded to Dipl.-Ing. Johanna Rüther, M.Sc. from the Chair of Geothermal science and Technology.
An recent article about Mrs. Rüther can be read at page 18/19 in the 06/2013 issue of UNICUM.
Athens Price for Good Teaching is awarded to Sebastian Homuth
The “Athens Prices for Good Teaching“ of the Carlo and Karin Giersch-Foundation at the TU Darmstadt honored a couple of outstanding lecturers. Awards amounting to 26.000 Euro for different departments and honors amounting to 14.000 Euro for single persons and groups were granted. The 2.000 Euro worth price of the department of Material- and Geosciences was awarded to Sebastian Homuth for his lecture ”Deep Drilling Technology".
1st prize for young engineering geologists granted to Dipl.-Ing. Mathias Nehler
At the 19. Conference of Engineering Geology in Munich in March 2013 the best thesis presentation by Mathias Nehler from the Chair of Geothermal Science and Technology was awarded with the 1st prize of the young engineering geologist forum.
Technology Transfer Price received
The technology transfer price was awarded for the development of a thermal conductivity measurement device for soils by the Geothermal Science and Technology Group. The price was given by the Darmstädter Foundation for Technology Transfer endowed with 10.000 €.
Dipl.-Ing. Barbara Breuer received the Jovanka-Bontschits-Award.
The former student and employee Barbara Breuer of the Geothermal Science and Technology group received one of the Jovanka-Bontschits-Awards, which were awarded for the first time from the department of material- and geosciences of the TU Darmstadt.
6th Forum of Deep Geothermal Energy – Reservoires and Exploitation
The Hessian Ministry for Environment, Energy, Agriculture and Consumer Protection holds on the 15th of September 2011 together with the Chair of Geothermal Science and Technology of the Institute of Applied Geosciences at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Hessian Agency for Environment and Geology the 5. Forum of Deep Geothermal Energy. The forum addresses to decision makers from municipalities and energy companies, designer and consulting engineers as well as interested parties in the topic of deep geothermal systems.
In the focus of this years forum are the presentation of the results of the hessian research project “3D-Model of the Deep Geothermal Potential of Hesse” and the presentation of new exploration and exploitation projects. Furthermore, an accompanying podium discussion and industry fair concludes this years program.
Geothermal Energy in Hesse: “Very good circumstances for geothermal utilization in the Rhine Main-Area”
Within the research project “3D Model of the deep geothermal potential in Hesse” the Chair of Geothermal Science and Technology of Prof. Ingo Sass at the TU Darmstadt investigated the Hessian underground in terms of electricity production – with estoniing results: In the hessian upper Rhine valley south of Frankfurt a good possibility of harnessing geothermal energy is given. Ingo Sass sees the geothermal energy potential of the deeper underground as an important contribution to the future energy mix for the federal state of Hesse.
Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Stegner receives award of the forum for younf engineering geologists at the 18. conference of engineering geology 2011 in Berlin
Johannes Stegner got the 2. price in the forum of young engineering geologists. The award was given by the Section Engineering Geology of the German Geotechnical Society at the 18. confernece of engineering geology in Berlin. In his presentation with the title „Development of a thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity measurement device for soft rocks“ Stegner presented a at the chair of geothermal science and technology newly developed and patent-registered measurement device for the investigation of the thermal conductivity of soft rocks in dependence of soil mechanical and hydrogeological parameters. The awarded 700 € Stegner will use for his ongoing research activities.
Festkolloquium to the Funding of the Professorship Geothermal Science and Technology
On Monday 25th of January 2010 on the occasion of the funding the the professorship Geothermal Science and Technology of the NATURpur Institute for climate and environment protection a festkolloquium takes place.
5th Forum of Deep Geothermal Energy – Geothermal Energy- Locations, Reservoirs and Technologies
The Hessian Ministry for Environment, Energy, Agriculture and Consumer Protection holds on the 15th of September 2010 together with the Chair of Geothermal Science and Technology of the Institute of Applied Geosciences at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Hessian Agency for Environment and Geology the 5. Forum of Deep Geothermal Energy. The forum addresses to decision makers from municipalities and energy companies, designer and consulting engineers as well as interested parties in the topic of deep geothermal systems.
In the focus of this years forum are the presentation of the results of the hessian undertaking “3D-Model of the Deep Geothermal Potential of Hesse” and the presentation of new exploration and exploitation methods. Furthermore, deep geothermal district heating projects in Hesse are presented and an accompanying podium discussion concludes this years program.
The event is moderated by Thomas Ranft, scientific journalist, hr-moderator and climate ambassador of the BUND.
The possibility for discussion with experts from science and economy is given within the acompanying technical exhibition.
Impressions from the World Geothermal Congress 2010 in Bali, Indonesia
The World Geothermal Congress (WGC 2010) is held in a five year interval and was held this year from 25. – 30. April 2010 at the International Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia. The congress was very well accepted in the world, which was reflected by the number of over 2500 participants and presenters. In total over 1000 papers and 350 posters were presented in up to 10 parallel technical sessions. The Chair of Geothermal Science and Technology of the TU Darmstadt participated with 3 publications (2 oral presentations and 1 poster). During the accompanying industry exhibition and the several occasions of scientific exchange future collaborations and research projects were discussed. The overall positiv event was topped off with unforgettable social events, which showed the diversity and beauty of the indonesian culture.
Award for young scientists of the German Geothermal Association (GtV) goes to Dipl.-Ing. Philipp Mielke
During the Geothermiekongress 2010 in Karlsruhe four awards for young scientist were granted. In the adjacent photo Christian Kosack, Cornelius Langenbruch, Jörg Meixner und Philipp Mielke receive the award amounting to 500,- € from Prof. Dr. Ingrid Stober.
The very successfull three day lasting congess with 530 participants offered the opportunity to get a broad overview in twelfe sessions and seven workshops with in total 127 presented papers over the up to date activities in deep and shallow geothermal systems in the fields of research and utilization.
Review of the 4th Deep Geothermal Energy Forum
The Hessian Ministry of Environment, Energy, Agriculture and Consumer Protection hold at the 15th of September 2009 together with the Institute of Applied Geosciences of the Technische Universität Dar,stadt and the Hessian Authority for Environment and Geology the 4th Deep Geothermal Forum. It was addressed to decision makers of municipalies and energy companies, planer and consulting engineers and other interested parties.
The presented presentations of this event focused on the risk management and successfull completion of deep geothermal projects as well as on the presentation of diffrent hessian geothermal research and practical projects in the Upper Rhine Valley. The event was completed by a podium discussion moderated by the hr-moderator Thomas Ranft.
Opportunities to discuss certain issues with experts from science and business sector was given by a accompanying trade exhibition.
Geothermal Summer School 2009
This years Geothermal Summer School was held from 20th to 24th of July 2009 at the Institute of Applied Geosciences and had the overall topic Deep Geothermal Energy.
The following topics were covered by presentations and workshops:
- hydrothermal systems
- petrothermal systems
- power plant techniques
- combined heat and power
- hydro-mechanical reservoir stimulation
- artifical seismicity
- reservoir characterization
- permission procedures and quality management
- deep closed systems
Awarded Diploma Theses
For his diploma thesis with the title “Geothermische Untersuchung der Forschungsbohrung Jügesheim (Geothermal investigation of the research drilling Jügesheim)” Mr. Dipl.-Ing. Sebastian Homuth received the award 1. Price for young scientists of the Geothermischen Vereinigung (German Geothermal Association). The award was conferred at the Geothermal Congress 2008 in Karlsruhe.
Mr. Dipl.-Ing. Nils Michelsen received the price “Hydrogeology” of the working group education and information of the Section Hydrogeology for his diploma thesis with the title “Anwendung von Kohlenstoff- und Chlorisotopenuntersuchungen zur Quantifizierung des natürlichen Abbaus chlorierter Ethene an kontaminierten Standorten”. The award was conferred at the FH-DGG conference in Göttingen 2008. The diploma thesis was developed togther with the Department of Hydrogeology .