Welcome to the pages of the GeothermalCenter
The International Geothermal Centre (GZB) was founded in 2003 as an integrated institute for science and business in Bochum. By now, this scientific association represents approximately fifteen universities world-wide, which are complemented by various public law institutions.
The adjoining diagram reproduces the geothermal heat flux density in Europe. It was taken from the “Atlas of Geothermal Resources in Europe” (European Communities, 2002) and a sectional drawing of the earth was superposed.
The heat flux density is a physical dimension to quantitatively describe heat transferring processes. It is defined as the amount of heat flow that is exchanged across a unit area of a system, e.g. the amount of geothermal heat conducting to the earth’s surface. It can also be described as heat flow per area A.
The colours of the diagram indicate different geothermal potentials:
red = excellent potential
orange = very high potential
yellow = medium to high potential
green = moderate potential
blue = low potential
[Hurter, 2002] Hurter S., Hänel R.: Atlas of Geothermal Resources in Europe, Luxembourg: Office for publications of the European Communities, 2002
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