19 Works

Towards a sediment budget of Permo-Triassic successions in the Central European Basin - implications for terrestrial perturbations around the Permian-Triassic Boundary (PTB)

Maryam Mansouri & Matthias Hinderer
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

For the first time, we quantified the erosional pulse around the Permian-Triassic Boundary (PTB) over an entire sedimentary basin. Our GIS-based analysis relies on basin-wide homogenized seismic, sedimentary and stratigraphic data of the Petroleum Geological Atlas of the Southern Permian Basin. We calculated sediment volumes, sediment fluxes and sedimentation rates (SR) averaged over the entire basin from isopach maps of the Rotliegend, the Zechstein, the Lower, Middle and Upper...

TRIM4Post-Mining: an integrated planning tool for the transition from coal extraction to re-vitalized post-mining landscape

Hernan Flores , Diego Restrepo , Natalie Merkel , Stefan Möllerherm & Jörg Benndorf
Forschungszentrum Nachbergbau, Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola, Bochum(1);Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg(2);The TRIM4Post-Mining project aims to develop an integrated information modeling system to support decision-making and planning during the transition from coal exploitation to a re-vitalized post-mining landscape, enabling infrastructure development for agricultural and industrial uses and contributing to the recovery of energy and materials from coal mining dumps. This modeling system will be composed of a high-resolution spatiotemporal database founded on state-of-the-art multi-scale and multi-sensor...

3D geological modeling of graben structures in northern Hesse – concept, methods and first results

Ina Lewin, Rouwen Lehné & Heiner Heggemann
For some years now, the Hessian Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology (HLNUG) is focusing its 3D-modeling activities on urban areas, aiming to contribute to both integrated modeling and urban planning (e.g., Lehné et al. 2017, Lehné et al. 2013, Budde et al. 2017). Experiences gained in the frame of the project “Darmstadt_3D”, which is delivering the urban subsurface including the technical infrastructure (sewage system, foundations, etc.), now are adopted for a working area...

Tectonic and environmental perturbations at the Permian-Triassic boundary: insights from the Blue Nile River Basin in central Ethiopia

Maryam Mansouri , Matthias Hinderer , Laura Stutenbecker , Guido Meinhold , Enkurie L. Dawit , Jasper Berndt & Robert Bussert
The Blue Nile River Basin contains a thick fluvio-lacustrine sediment succession of Permian to Jurassic age. Its evolution is linked to extensional tectonics during break-up of Pangea in the aftermath of the Carboniferous-Permian glaciation. We collected sandstone samples from several sections in order to study the tectonic evolution and possible impacts of environmental perturbation around the Permian-Triassic boundary. Based on thin-section petrography, bulk-rock geochemistry, heavy mineral spectra, and detrital zircon U-Pb ages we are able...

Granulometric and lithologic control on heavy mineral distribution in Alpine fluvial sediment

Ariane Djahansouzi, Laura Stutenbecker, Daniela Krieg & Christoph Glotzbach
Heavy mineral studies are dependent on many variables that should be considered in order to avoid erroneous provenance interpretations. Firstly, sediment transported and deposited by larger rivers is the result of the erosion of several lithological units present in the catchment with potentially differing mineral fertilities. Secondly, possible bias arises from the narrow sand-size window that is typically considered for single-grain analysis in sedimentary provenance studies. Quantifying and understanding the resulting bias is crucial for...

Hydro-thermal modeling of geothermal energy extraction from Soultz-sous-Forêts, France using supercritical CO2

Mrityunjay Singh , Saeed Mahmoodpour , Kristian Bär & Claire Bossennec
Climate change requires immediate action, and for sustainable development, and uninterrupted energy supply is necessary. Since anthropogenic emission of CO2 in the atmosphere has a major role in climate change, carbon negative energy solutions are the necessity of the time. Geothermal energy is one such renewable source that can assist in achieving an economic solution to low carbon energy. Engineered geothermal systems or enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) are more suitable from an industrial perspective and...

GeoLaB - Geothermal Laboratory in the Crystalline Basement

Thomas Kohl , Eva Schill , Judith Bremer , Günter Zimmermann , Olaf Kolditz & Ingo Sass
In Central Europe, the largest geothermal potential resides in the crystalline basement rock with important hotspots in tectonically stressed areas. To better harvest this energy form under sustainable, predictable and efficient conditions, new focused, scientific driven strategies are needed. Similar to other geo-technologies, the complex processes in the subsurface need to be investigated in large-scale facilities to ensure environmental sustainability. The proposed new underground research laboratory GeoLaB (Geothermal Laboratory in the Crystalline Basement) will address...

Deep geothermal potentials of Hesse as derived from geological 3D models and thermo-hydraulic simulations

Nora Koltzer, Judith Bott, Kristian Bär, Maximilian Frick, Mauro Cacace & Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (1), Germany; TU Darmstadt (2)

Geothermal power plants require reservoirs of high temperature, high flow rates and sustainable recharge. Typically, there is a trade-off between increasing temperatures and decreasing fluid availability (due to pore space limitations) with depth. Predictions of the working conditions in reservoir formations at greater depth are challenging due to uncertainties in the underlying geology and because of the complex interaction of heat and fluid...

Approach for the development of a radon potential map for the Darmstadt area

Anastasia Vogelbacher, Rouwen Lehné & Eric Petermann
Hessian Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology, Rheingaustraße 186, 65203 Wiesbaden, Germany(2);Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Radon und NORM, Köpenicker Allee 120 - 130, 10318 Berlin, Germany(3);Radon (Rn)is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is considered an indoor air pollutant. Due to its negative effects on human health, a Germany-wide "Radon Potential Action Plan" was implemented based on the European Directive for Radiation Protection (2013/59/Euratom). As part of this action plan, areas with high...

Exploration of the geologic and hydrogeologic conditions for a medium deep borehole high-temperature thermal energy storage system at TU Darmstadt, Germany

Lukas Seib , Bastian Welsch , Matthis Frey , Claire Bossennec , Kristian Bär & Ingo Sass
Solutions for seasonal energy storage systems are an essential component for the reliable use of fluctuating renewable energy sources and to bridge the gap between abundant heat availability from renewable sources in summer and an increased heat demand in winter. As a part of the research project ’solar crystalline borehole thermal energy storage system‘ – ‘SKEWS’, a field-scale demonstrator for a medium deep borehole thermal energy storage (BTES) system with a maximum depth of 750...

Gravity survey in delineating geologic features of interest for deep geothermal use at Campus North of KIT.

Maximiliano Pavez , Natalia Cornejo , Florian Bauer & Eva Schill
The seasonal mismatch of the thermal energy demand can be addressed by thermal energy storage systems of high capacity (e.g. Lee 2013). In this scenario, High-temperatures aquifer thermal energy storage systems (HT-ATES), which commonly supply domestic needs could expand to meet heating or industrial processes demands by storing excess heat. DeepStor is a planned scientific infrastructure that address the demonstration the concept of HT-ATES in former hydrocarbon reservoirs of deep sedimentary rocks. Specifically, the concept...

Transition from hydrocarbon production to geothermal heat storage in the Upper Rhine Graben – the DeepStor project

Eva Schill , Jens Grimmer , Katharina Schätzler , Kai Stricker , Judith Bremer & Thomas Kohl
The subsurface conditions of the Upper Rhine Graben are favorable for the development of novel geothermal utilization concepts. In particular, they allow optimization of energy use with flexible heat production and storage scenarios. A first potential analysis revealed an enormous storage potential of formerly used and well-explored oil fields. The involvement of former hydrocarbon reservoirs as components of geothermal concepts perfectly symbolizes the transition from the fossil-fuel age to the use of carbon-neutral renewable energies....

Granulometric and lithologic control on apatite and zircon concentrations in Alpine fluvial sediment

Daniela Krieg, Laura Stutenbecker , Ariane Djahansouzi & Christoph Glotzbach
Detrital heavy mineral compositions are controlled by many factors such as mineral fertility in the source rocks and hydraulic sorting. Quantifying and understanding the resulting bias is crucial especially for the correct interpretation of single-grain analyses such as apatite or zircon geochronology in provenance studies. In this study, an inter- and intrasample comparison of apatite and zircon concentrations is conducted on modern Alpine fluvial sands from five mono-lithological catchments draining granitoid, ophiolitic, metamorphic and sedimentary...

Sediment production under semi-arid climatic conditions using heavy mineral and petrographical data – a case study from the recent Kunene river system, northern Namibia

Jonas Kraus, Ali Abbas Wajid, Laura Stutenbecker & Matthias Hinderer
Provenance techniques are widely applied in resolving the origin of ancient sediment successions. Petrographic signatures, however, are controlled by a complex interplay of rock type, weathering mode as well as sediment transport, thus making the interpretation of data often ambiguous. One way to improve our understanding on these mechanisms is to study modern drainage systems. We selected the Kunene River in northern Namibia as a case study. This river system is well suited for such...

Insights from surface analogues of the Odenwald into the structural architecture of crystalline units in the Northern Upper Rhine Graben

Claire Bossennec , Matthis Frey , Lukas Seib , Jeroen van der Vaart , Kristian Bär & Ingo Sass
The Upper Rhine Graben (URG) is a target area for deep geothermal and heat storage projects, as petrophysical and hydraulic properties of the faulted crystalline basement rocks, and the temperature field comprise a high geothermal potential (Soultz-sous-Forêts, Landau, Insheim, Rittershoffen). However, there is a lack of knowledge on the multi-scale structural architecture of such rock units in fault zones. Therefore, a multi-scale structural analysis is performed on surface analogues to improve the conceptual crystalline reservoir...

How scarce is our water? An analysis of the present and future world water situation

Randolf Rausch
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

If you look at the media, you come across new horror stories about water almost every day. Experts warn of a life-threatening global water crisis. Reports of droughts, wars for water, poisoned water and the end of our water resources are fuelling fears to die of thirst or of running out of water. How realistic is this news? Is this the truth or is this information the typical hype...

Structural and Geophysical Characterisation of the Crystalline Basement in the Northern Upper Rhine Graben

Matthis Frey , Claire Bossennec , Lukas Seib , Kristian Bär & Ingo Sass
In the northern Upper Rhine Graben (URG), the crystalline basement constitutes an attractive target for deep geothermal exploitation due to the favourable reservoir temperatures and abundance of natural fractures and large-scale faults. Consequently, especially the upper, hydrothermally altered part is already successfully used for heat and power generation at several locations (Insheim, Landau, Rittershoffen and Soultz-sous-Forêts). Nevertheless, because of the small number of very deep boreholes drilled into the crystalline basement, little is known about...

Effect of the fracture aperture distribution on the heat extraction performance from the fractured geothermal systems

Saeed Mahmoodpour , Mrityunjay Singh , Kristian Bär & Ingo Sass
Fractures are main flow paths for heat extraction from fractured geothermal systems. The process of injecting cold water to extract hot water from a fractured reservoir results in thermal and poroelastic stresses in the rock matrix. Therefore, these thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) mechanisms govern the efficiency of an enhanced geothermal system (EGS) operation. Fractures’ aperture is a controlling factor for the heat extraction efficiency. Due to the lack of field and experimental works, a constant aperture is...

Hydro-mechanical parameters of Cornubian and Odenwald reservoir granitoids with focus on fracture stiffness testing

Lena Muhl , Guido Blöcher , Ingo Sass , Christian Kluge & Tanja Ballerstedt
For the resource development, geothermal systems need to be improved to increase the profitability of the investment. One aspect to support this aim is the reservoir productivity, a key parameter, which depends on the hydraulic and mechanical properties of the reservoir formation. In order to develop possible improvement strategies for the profitability enhancement of geothermal reservoirs and/or nuclear waste repositories, hydraulic and mechanical properties of artificial generated fractures were investigated. The importance of the fracture...

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  • Technical University of Darmstadt
  • TU Darmstadt
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Hessian Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology
  • Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
  • //ror.org/031vc2293:TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
  • Keele University
  • University of Münster
  • Federal Office for Radiation Protection