Utilization of shallow geothermal energy offers a relatively simple form of sustainable energy for heating and cooling systems, both in new buildings and in renovation projects. The research spectrum of the working group Shallow Geothermal Energy covers the broad topic area of shallow earth-coupled thermal systems in combination with so called district heating and cooling networks. The focus is on heat transport processes and related factors under realistic conditions.
With the help of geophysical investigation methods and the determination of petro- and pedophysical parameters, large and small dimensional interpretations are carried out and potential uses are determined. These potentials can be visualized and spatially determined by the working group Shallow Geothermal Energy with the help of a geographic information system (GIS). Our aim is to identify hitherto unused potentials of this sustainable form of energy and to improve the planning basis in such a way that the acceptance and use of shallow geothermal energy is increased in the course of the energy transition.