Mission Statement

The Geothermal Energy & Geofluids group is endowed by the Werner Siemens Foundation and investigates reactive fluid (water, CO2, CxHy, N2) and (geothermal) energy (heat, pressure) transfer in the Earth’s crust employing computer simulations, laboratory experiments and field analyses to gain fundamental insights and to address a wide range of societal goals and concerns.

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GEG News

Top Ranking for ETH Zurich’s Earth Sciences in Nature Index 2018


ETH is listed number one among the 200 best academic institutions in Earth & Environmental Sciences in the Nature Index 2018. This index is based on publications in the 82 journals selected as the most important journals by two panels of scientists, which are independent of the Nature Publishing Group.
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SNF Ambizione Grant

Dr. Allan Leal has been awarded an SNF Ambizione grant to develop innovative computational methods for ultra-fast simulations of coupled physical and chemical processes using machine learning and GPU parallel computing, starting on January 1, 2019.
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Dr. Allan Leal

SNF R4D Grant

Dr. Friedemann Samrock has been awarded an SNF R4D grant to develop a geoscientific framework for geothermal exploration and energy utilization in Mongolia, started on September 1, 2018.
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Dr. Friedemann Samrock

Top Ranking for ETH Zurich’s Earth Sciences in QS World University Rankings


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Earth and marine sciences at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich was ranked the best in the world for the 4th time in a row. The results were published by the QS World University Rankings.
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Inauguration of commemorative plaque for the Werner Siemens Foundation


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Werner Siemens Foundation visits the Geothermal Energy & Geofluids Group and has a guided tour at the GEG Laboratories.

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GEG Videos

macarthur_100mchange_video_linkInexhaustible resource of clean, renewable Geothermal Energy.
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Grimsel rock lab, feasibility of geothermal power plants.
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Grimsel rock laboratory, safer drilling methods.
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A short video about ETH Zurich
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GEG Events

Effect of cement dissolution on effective-stress dependent permeability of a low-porosity sandstone

Jin Ma (GEG group presentation)
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Numerical Simulations of Electropulse Drilling in Granitic Rock

Daniel Vogler (GEG group presentation)
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Coupled Geochemical-Mechanical Evolution during Injection of CO2-charged Brine into Sandstones

Xiang-Zhao Kong (contributed talk)
Goldschmidt 2019, Barcelona, Spain read more

High-pressure induced shear slip events in saw-cut and natural granite fractures

Zhiqiang Li (GEG group presentation)
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GEG Paper Alerts

Thermally driven fracture aperture variation in naturally fractured granites
Grimm Lima, M.M., D. Vogler, L. Querci, C. Madonna, B. Hattendorf, M.O. Saar, and X.-Z. Kong Geothermal Energy Journal, 2019.
3D non-conforming mesh model for flow in fractured porous media using Lagrange multipliers
Schädle, P., P. Zulian, D. Vogler, S. Bhopalam R., M.G.C. Nestola, A. Ebigbo, R. Krause, and M.O. Saar Computers & Geosciences, 132, pp. 42-55, 2019. Download
Overview of recent TJ-II stellarator results
Ascasíbar, E., et al., M. Ezzat, et al., J. M. García-Regaña, et al., and the TJ-II team Nuclear Fusion, 59/11, pp. 1-13, 2019. Download
Comparison of DNA nanotracer and solute tracer field tests in a fractured crystalline rock volume at the Grimsel Test Site
Kittilä, A., M.R. Jalali, K.F. Evans, M. Willmann, M.O. Saar, and X.-Z. Kong Water Resources Research, 2019. Download
Simulation of hydro-mechanically coupled processes in rough rock fractures using an immersed boundary method and variational transfer operators
von Planta, C., D. Vogler, X. Chen, M.G.C. Nestola, M.O. Saar, and R. Krause Computational Geosciences, 2019.
Guaranteed error bounds and local indicators for adaptive solvers using stabilized space-time IgA approximations to parabolic problems
Matculevich, S., U. Langer, and S. Repin Computers and Mathematics with Applications, 2019. Download
Contribution of Pore-Scale Approach to Macroscale Geofluids Modelling in Porous Media
Romano, E., J. Jimenez-Martinez, A. Parmigiani, X.-Z. Kong, and I. Battiato Geofluids, 2019, 2019. Download
Characterization of transport-enhanced phase separation in porous media using a lattice-Boltzmann method
Parmigiani, A., P.R. Di Palma, S. Leclaire, F. Habib, and X.-Z. Kong Geofluids, 2019, 2019. Download
Field-scale modeling of microbially induced calcite precipitation
Cunningham, A. B., H. Class, A. Ebigbo, R. Gerlach, A. J. Phillips, and J. Hommel Computational Geosciences, 23/2, pp. 399-414, 2019. Download
Stress magnitudes in the Basel enhanced geothermal system
Valley, B., and K.F. Evans International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 118, pp. 1-20, 2019. Download
Tippers at island geomagnetic observatories constrain electrical conductivity of oceanic lithosphere and upper mantle
Morschhauser, A., A.V. Grayver, A. Kuvshinov, F. Samrock, and J. Matzka Earth, Planets and Space, 71/17, pp. 1-9, 2019. Download
Using TNT-NN to Unlock the Fast Full Spatial Inversion of Large Magnetic Microscopy Datasets
Myre, J.M., I. Lascu, E.A. Lima, J.M. Feinberg, M.O. Saar, and B.P. Weiss Earth Planets and Space, 71/14, 2019. Download
The value of bulk energy storage for reducing CO2 emissions and water requirements from regional electricity systems.
Ogland-Hand, J.D., J.M. Bielicki, Y. Wang, B.M. Adams, T.A. Buscheck, and M.O. Saar Energy Conversion and Management, 181, pp. 674-685, 2019. Download
On the direct measurement of shear moduli in transversely isotropic rocks using the uniaxial compression test
Dambly, M.L.T., M. Nejati, D. Vogler, and M.O. Saar International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences (IJRMMS), 113, pp. 220-240, 2019. Download