The chair Geothermal Exploration promotes integrated numerical model development and applied integrated studies in the following fields of research:
For cost-effective geothermal exploration and safe exploitation of geothermal resources, knowledge of temperature and prediction of achievable flow rates at drillable depth is a prerequisite for site selection. Tectonic studies assessing fault rheology, crustal stress and fracture permeability provide critical constraints for enhancing natural flow performance and for predicting levels of induced seismicity. The development of innovative combinations of multi-scale multi-physics modelling techniques is key to better understand the spatial and temporal variations in crustal stress, temperature, gravity etc and to provide helpful constraints for geothermal exploration and production, including capability to perform (joint) inversion constrained by a variety of multiscale basin geophsyics data.
In addition, the chair aims to develop novel techniques for the techno-economic performance of geothermal resources and demonstrate its value for informed decisions under uncertainty at different aggregation levels including prospect, portfolio, and regional/national policy perspective.