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

MOOSE workshop at ETH Zurich
March 19-22, 2018


We are pleased to announce a workshop on the Multiphysics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE, http://mooseframework.org) to be given by the MOOSE development team at ETH Zurich and organized by the GEG Group, from March 19-22, 2018.

read more on MOOSE 2018 webpage

9th European Geothermal PhD Days
March 14-16, 2018


In 2018, the PhD students from the Geothermal Energy and Geofluids (GEG) Group at ETH Zurich will be hosting the 9th European Geothermal PhD Days. The EGPD 2018 event will take place on March, 14th-16th at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Switzerland.

read more on EGPD 2018 webpage

Inauguration of commemorative plaque for the Werner Siemens Foundation


© Felix Wey

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

read more on ETH Foundation webpage

read more on News of GEG webpage

Safe geothermal energy


© 3sat nano – TV broadcast from Tuesday 9 May on 3sat nano

Scientists are searching for safer drilling methods: geothermal energy can provide sustainable and clean energy right where we need it – however seismicity may be induced. Scientists at ETH Zurich investigate how to prevent these earthquakes.

Link to video

Top Ranking for ETH Zurich’s Earth Sciences


© ETH Zürich / Marco Carocari

Earth and marine sciences at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich was ranked the best in the world. The results were recently published by the QS World University Rankings.
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Current GEG Videos

macarthur_100mchange_video_linkInexhaustible resource of clean, renewable Geothermal Energy.
© ETH Zurich
Grimsel rock lab, feasibility of geothermal power plants.
© ETH Zurich
Grimsel rock laboratory, safer drilling methods.
© 3sat nano
A short film about ETH Zurich.
© ETH Zurich

GEG Events


Visualizing contact areas in rough fractures using 3D printing

Isamu Naets (GEG group presentation)
GEG Meetings, ETH Zurich read more



PIV lab, a summary of recent progress and prospectives

Mehrdad Ahkami (GEG group presentation)
GEG Meetings, ETH Zurich read more


The role of the permeability of critically-stressed fractures on the production of unconventional hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs

Xiaodong Ma (GEG group presentation)
GEG Meetings, ETH Zurich read more


Three-scale multiphysics framework modelling fault reactivation (University New South Wales)

Martin Lesueur (University New South Wales) (GEG group presentation)
GEG Meetings, ETH Zurich read more

GEG Open Positions

released 22.01.2018

PhD position in the development, experimental testing, and numerical modeling of Plasma-Pulse Geo-Drilling (PPGD)
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GEG Paper Alerts

The seismo-hydro-mechanical behaviour during deep geothermal reservoir stimulations: open questions tackled in a decameter-scale in-situ stimulation experiment

Amann, F., V. Gischig, K. Evans, J. Doetsch, R. Jalali, B. Valley, A. Kittilä, S. Wiemer, M. Saar, S. Loew, and et al.
Solid Earth, pp. 115-137, 2018. Download

Fluid Flow in Unconventional Gas Reservoirs

Xia, T., E. Dontsov, Z. Chen, F. Zhang, and X.-Z. Kong
Geofluids, 2018, 2018. Download

The effects of high heating rate and high temperature on the rock strength: Feasibility study of a thermally assisted drilling method

Rossi, E., M.A. Kant, C. Madonna, M.O. Saar, and Ph. Rudolf von Rohr
Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, pp. 1-8, 2018. Download

Numerical simulations and validation of contact mechanics in a granodiorite fracture

Kling, T., D. Vogler, L. Pastewka, F. Amann, and P. Blum
Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 2018. Download

Demonstration of thermal borehole enlargement to facilitate controlled reservoir engineering for deep geothermal, oil or gas systems

Kant, M.A., E. Rossi, J. Duss, F. Amman, M.O. Saar, and P. Rudolf von Rohr
Applied Energy, 212, pp. 1501-1509, 2018. Download

Experiments and Simulations of Fully Hydro-Mechanically coupled Response of Rough Fractures exposed to High Pressure Fluid Injection

Vogler, D., R. R. Settgast, C. Annavarapu, C. Madonna, P. Bayer, and F. Amann
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 123, pp. 1186-1200, 2018. Download

A Hierarchy of Models for Simulating Experimental Results from a 3D Heterogeneous Porous Medium

Vogler, D., S. Ostvar, R. Paustian, and B.D. Wood
Advances in Water Resources, 114, pp. 149-163, 2018. Download