Safe geothermal energy
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.
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.
New Course Geofluids
© ETH Zurich / Alessandro Della Bella
This semester the new course ‘Geofluids’, offered by the GEG Group, within the Earth Science Masters Program counts 32 registered students.
© Daniel Winkler, ETH Globe
ETH Zurich researchers working at NAGRA’s Grimsel rock laboratory have retreated deep inside the mountain. By fracturing solid rock, they are hoping to re-examine the feasibility of geothermal power plants based on petrothermal technology. (ETH Globe, 01/2017)
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.
At the Geothermal Energy and Geofluids Group at the Institute of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences. Investigation on evolution of permeability and porosity due to mineral precipitation in natural and/or artificial granite fractures
Lectures & Courses
This course presents advanced topics of single and multiphase fluid flow, heat transfer, reactive transport, and geochemical reactions in the subsurface. Emphasis is on the understanding of the underlying governing equations of each physical and chemical process, and its relevance to applications, e.g., groundwater management, geothermal energy, CO2 storage, waste disposal, and oil/gas production.
Integrated geophysical investigations; applications of exploration seismic; applications of high-resolution seismic, ground-penetrating radar, magnetic, gravity, electromagnetic, geoelectric and nuclear-magnetic resonance methods; case studies.
Scientific papers related with a large variety of geophysical applications will be presented. The students will read and critically assess a selection of these papers.