Geothermal Research Platform Groß Schönebeck (GFZ GRPGS)
Hosting Legal Entity
Telegrafenberg, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, PO: 14473, Brandenburg (Germany)
Type Of RI
Operational since 2010
Being upgraded since 2012
Mission and objectives
The Geothermal Research Platform Groß Schönebeck offers in situ test facilities using two wells in Groß Schönebeck which reach to a depth of nearly 4.3 km (~150 °C) to support the development of system components for a reliable use of Geothermal Energy. The operation of a thermal water loop provides temperature, pressure, phase behavior and salinity of the circulated natural fluids under extreme hostile test conditions. Here, key system components are incorporated, continuously tested under different operational conditions, and subsequently improved. So, a unique research and technology infrastructure is established to qualify materials and system components for sustainable long-term operation of Enhanced Geothermal Systems.
Thermal water loop, Borehole, Geothermal energy
Energy Engineering Facilities (non nuclear)
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Geothermal water loop
Geothermal technologies test site
Deep boreholes, Downhole pump, corrosion test facilities, fluid monitoring, ORC-power plant test site.