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.

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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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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.
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The rock crackers


© 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)
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Towards geophysical exploration of geothermal resources in the Hangai Mountains

Friedemann Samrock (invited talk)
The International Conference on Astronomy & Geophysics in Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar read more


Simulating Complex Crack Growth Caused by Stress and Material Heterogeneities

Susymar Rodriguez de Ponte (GEG group presentation)
GEG Meetings, ETH Zurich, NO F55 read more



Reactive transport simulation with equilibrium and kinetic treatment of mineral equilibria

Allan Leal (invited talk)
Goldschmidt2017, Paris, France read more



Why are reactive transport simulations computationally expensive and what can we do about it?

Allan Leal (contributed talk)
Goldschmidt2017, Paris, France read more


Energy research in the Geothermal Energy and Geofluids Group at ETH Zurich

Martin Saar (invited talk)
ETH Industry Day, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland read more


DNA nanotracers in characterization of stimulation enhanced pore space in fractured rock

Anniina Kittilä (poster presentation)
44th IAH 2017 Congress, Dubrovnik read more

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.

Open Positions

PhD position

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
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Lectures & Courses


X.‑Z. Kong, A. Ebigbo, 651-4240-00L
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.
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Case Studies in Exploration and Environmental Geophysics I

H. Maurer, J. Robertsson, M. Hertrich, M. O. Saar, 651-4087-00L
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.
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Case Studies in Exploration and Environmental Geophysics II

H. Maurer, J. Robertsson, M. Hertrich, M. O. Saar, 651-4087-02L
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.
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