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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.

Awardees of the Athens-Price 2013
Awardees of the Athens-Price 2013

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.

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.

The conference location is again the Justus-Liebig-Haus in Darmstadt.

Download: Flyer / Program und Registration

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. The interview in german with the hr can be seen here.

Cooperation with the Project Group Geothermal Utilization of Burning Waste Dumps

The project group geothermal utilization of burning waste dumps provides the chair of geothermal science and technology with data from recent research projects for the evaluation of a new developed thermal response test analyzing method.

The target of project group geothermal utilization of burning waste dumps is to develop an alternative safety concept as well as an energetic concept for smouldering waste dumps. Here, technical and legal as well as ecological and economical frameworks are equally important. The project aims in a knowledge built-up on processes in smouldering coal waste dumps for safeguarding and reduction of CO2-emissions by substitution of conventional fossil fuels. Attained results are to be applied to national and international waste dump sites, e.g. in China.

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.

Download: event leaflet / program and application card

A online application form is available via the webpage of hessenENERGIE.

This year the venue is the Justus-Liebig-Haus in Darmstadt.

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. All papers and presentations will be available on the IGA-Webside soon. 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.

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 fest-kolloquium takes place.

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.

The leaflet of the event and the different presentations can be downloaded at hessen ENERGIE.

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 programm can be downloaded here

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

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. Further information is available Externer Verweisherehttp://.

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.

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.

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 .

Review to the 3. Deep Geothermal Energy Forum

The conference presentations of all former deep geothermal energy forums can be downloaded from here: hessenENERGIE.