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Top Ranking for ETH Zurich’s Earth Sciences

March 14, 2017

© 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

March 14, 2017

© 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

March 12, 2017

© 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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TerraCOH believes it can tap the potential of geothermal energy

January 7, 2017

picture source: DAVID JOLES, Star Tribune

TerraCOH’s Jimmy Randolph and John Griffin are hoping to raise capital for their new geothermal energy system that would produce low-cost, clean energy. They’re planning a plant in North Dakota. (StarTribune, January 2017)
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TerraCOH, Inc. Semi-Finalist for NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

October 17, 2016

Minneapolis, MN: TerraCOH, Inc., whose mission is to produce zero-carbon, low-cost electrical power using TerraCOH’s proprietary Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Plume Geothermal – CPGTM technology, announces they are moving forward into the semi- final round of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE (www.carbon.xprize.org)
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GEG Group submits application to MacArthur Foundation’s 100-Million-$-and-Change Competition

October 3, 2016
According to the MacArthur Foundation, this is “A competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time.”
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Record student numbers in Geothermal Energy Course

September 30, 2016

© ETH Zurich / Alessandro Della Bella
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Visit of Werner Siemens Foundation at Grimsel rock laboratory

September 2, 2016

On August 23, 2016, The Werner Siemens Foundation was invited by Prof. Dr. Martin Saar and Prof. Dr. Domenico Giardini to visit the Grimsel rock laboratory, organized by the ETH Zurich Foundation.
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Welcome Justin Ezekiel

September 1, 2016


Justin Ezekiel has been granted a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship and started his PhD study at the GEG group beginning September 2016.


EGU 2017

23 – 28 April 2017, Vienna


The EGU General Assembly 2017 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.

Poster Presentations of GEG members at EGU2017

Jin MA, Martin O. Saar, Xiang-Zhao Kong
Title: Estimation of reactive surface area using a combined method of laboratory analyses and digital image processing

Neeraj SHAH, Friedemann SAMROCK (presenter), Alexander V. Grayver, Martin O. Saar
Title: Analysis, results and conclusion of magnetotelluric data acquired in northern Switzerland

Edoardo ROSSI
Title: Combining conventional and thermal drilling in order to increase speed and reduce costs of drilling operations to access deep geothermal resources

Link to EGU2017 Conference webpage ->

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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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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