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Long-term forecasts for geothermal energy in Southern Germany


Study for the Greater Munich area published

The alpine foreland is experiencing a geothermal energy boom. In the Greater Munich area alone, 15 geothermal heat stations and power plants are currently either in operation or under construction.

Vibration vehicles in the centre of Unterhaching.


The BINE Projektinfo brochure “Sustainable use of deep geothermal energy” (17/2013) presents the results of a fundamental survey on regional impacts. This developed simulation model can be used to better predict the interplay between power plants, long-term operation and exploration risks of new plans.

The most significant geothermal water deposits in Europe are located in the South German Molasse Basin, a region between the Danube and the Alps. Many municipalities in this region already utilise this natural resource or are planning new plants.

The study concludes that the various plants do not thermally affect each other and that local plants can be operated for several decades. The simulation model will make it possible to calculate the regional impact of new geothermal plants in advance, and in return add their measured borehole values to the simulation model for calibration purposes.

The research project was headed by the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) in Hanover and carried out together with Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt, HydroConsult GmbH, Geothermie Neubrandenburg GmbH & Aquasoil GmbH and the geophysical observatory of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

The BINE-projectinfobrochure, which can be obtained free of charge from the BINE Information Service at FIZ Karlsruhe, is available online at or by calling +49 (0)228 92379-0.

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