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Excursion 1 "Joint excursion by GFZ and EWP (Guided geoenergy lab tour at GFZ & the city of Potsdam)"
Friday, 21/Oct/2022

Session Abstract

Time: 10 am - 3 pm

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Guided geoenergy lab tour (GFZ)

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ Potsdam has a highly developed, interdisciplinary laboratory infrastructure that addresses various scientific issues in basic and applied research. Sophisticated apparatus and equipment are designed for a wide range of applications. The Thermal Petrophysics Lab produces data of thermal properties of rocks, minerals, geo-materials and cement. The Laboratories for Geothermal Rock and Fluid Physics allow to characterize and parameterize physical rock and fluid properties and a Mechanical Testing System (MTS) can analyze hydraulic and mechanical rock properties of geo-materials – all under simulated in situ conditions of pressure and temperature of up to 4 to 10 km of depths. The Fluid Lab offers instruments for experiments and measurement facilities designed to characterize, analyze, and monitor processes of geothermal fluids. Another focus is on the kinetics of gas hydrate formation and decomposition and their influence on the physical properties of sediments.

A guided tour presents the scientific work in the laboratories, which are also opened to international guest scientists.

12:00 pm – 13:00 pm Lunch at GFZ

13:00 pm – 15:00 pm Potsdam on the way to geothermal heat supply (EWP)

Deep geothermal energy is to contribute to the decarbonization of Potsdam’s district heating in the future. By 2050, the state capital wants to reduce its CO2 emissions by 95 percent. The local utility Energie und Wasser Potsdam (EWP) produces a large part of the energy used in the city and wants to set the course for geothermal energy with a pilot project to supply a residential area in the centre of Potsdam. The project will be presented during an on-site visit to the drilling site.

Max. 20 participants

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