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.

Geothermal Potential

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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Zusätzliche Information

The International Geothermal Association (IGA) will operate its secretariat from 1.1.2011 in Bochum, Germany

Dissemination of Climate Technologies

Visit our project site here.

assembly of a geothermal center in Chile with NRW-support

NRW-geothermal center (GZB), Bochum University of Applied Sciences and Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Valparaiso) subscribe cooperation agreement for joint research, education and projects in Chile.

Applied Energy Systems

The GZB is supported in the range of the program “Applied Energy Systems” which was set up by the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.