International Geothermal Centre Bochum

Geschäftsstelle des Internationalen Geothermie Zentrums

The International Geothermal Centre (GZB) is a joint research establishment of science and economy with a close link to administration and politics. With its broad anchorage the GZB provides a competence and information centre to the public in regard to all queries concerning the utilisation and extraction of geothermal energy.

The International Geothermal Centre is supported by:

  • the "GZB-Supporting association"; with the supporting universities RWTH Aachen, University of applied Sciences Bochum, University of applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen and the University of applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe and further public organisations (Energy Agency NRW, District Government Arnsberg, City of Bochum and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
  • the "GZB-Business association"; consisting of companies from the construction, energy, coal and steel industry, communal supplies, plant construction, building services, handcrafts and expert planning.

The objectives of the GZB are:

  • to transfer technology, know-how and information between universities, economy and the public,
  • to conduct and foster application-oriented geo-research between various universities and the economy; to install a “close to economy” research establishment based on the GZB for the foundation and evolution of technology-oriented businesses,
  • to provide education and advanced training to engineers, geoscientists, miners, architects and craftsmen in terms of heat mining and its integration into the structures of buildings and infrastructural systems,
  • to retrain employees of the mining industry for future energy technologies (“from coal mining – to heat mining”),
  • to establish a scientific network of associated universities and research bodies on a national and international scale,
  • to increase the recognition of geothermal energy within North Rhine-Westphalia and beyond; and to institute an information service for contractors, planner and interested parties.

Zusätzliche Information


Prof. Dr. Rolf Bracke

Professor of Geothermal Energy and Environmental Technologies
Director GZB - International Geothermal Centre

Room: G1 1-011
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-10216

Rolf Bracke