Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

The energy transition is not possible without Geotechnics

25.08.2016

From Monday 29 August to Wednesday 31 August, the 1st “International Conference on Energy Geotechnics” will be held at Kiel University. Around 150 experts from over 26 countries are expected to participate and exchange opinions on geotechnical issues related with the energy transition. The conference is organised by Professor Frank Wuttke’s working group from the Institute of Geosciences at Kiel University. Specialist audience and interested members of the public can register for the conference online until 30 August 2016.

Over the past few years, in Schleswig-Holstein in particular, there has been a significant increase in the number of wind power sites. In the course of climate change and increasing energy consumption, these turbines make an important contribution to satisfy the energy demand as renewable energy sources.

“However, the behaviour of the geomaterials directly involved in the operation of such turbines, such as the effects of the buried underground high voltage cables (to transport the energy) on the loose sediments and rocks and the effects on the foundation they are built on are not yet completely understood and is one aspect of the subject of our ongoing research” said Wuttke.

The findings do not only affect the energy industry, but will also be playing a major role in future classical urban development projects as well as private households. Here in Kiel, a large number of long-distance heating pipes are currently being built, energy piles are being utilised for house construction and power cables are being laid underground in the course of the energy transportation. This raises the question as to how thermal energy can be transported and utilized efficiently.

This not only causes energy losses - the surrounding ground can be heated excessively and cause damage to the heat energy facilities. In addition, underground layers in cities, private households and industrial regions offer an enormous potential - which has not been previously unutilised - for energy storage.”

Because of the complex nature of the way thermal, hydromechanical and to a lower extent chemical processes affect the inter-relation between the ground and the energy storage or transportation facilities, Wuttke is convinced: “Basically, we won’t be able to fully understand the energy transition without Geotechnics.”

The application of the working group of Professor Frank Wuttke from Kiel University to host the1st international conference at the official organiser, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) was accepted. “The fact that we were awarded to host this privileged conference shows that we in Germany and in Schleswig-Holstein in particular have assumed a leading role in the energy transition. I envisage high potential and big opportunities for investors in the near future for Schleswig-Holstein in the renewable energy sector in general and especially in offshore wind parks” said Wuttke.

The programme for the three-day conference includes ten keynote lectures and 13 partly parallel sessions with presentations and discussions on the topic of “Energy Geotechnics”: from energy storage across to challenges for infrastructure and urban development, through to mathematical methods and experimental studies on material design. There will also be a poster exhibition in Kiel University’s Audimax foyer during the conference.

“We want to use this event to unite acadamic and industrial practitioners from various countries and disciplines actively involved in the energy geotechnics sector. Kiel is an excellent location for this international exchange, with its wide range of research institutes.”

Key facts:
What: 1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics
When: Monday, 29 August, to Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Where: Audimax, Christian-Albrechts-Platz 2, 24118 Kiel, Germany

Media representatives who wish to report on the "1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics" in Kiel are very welcome. The official language of the conference is English.
It will be organised by the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Technology Schleswig-Holstein.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Frank Wuttke
Institute of Geosciences
Tel.: +49 (0)431/880 -2840
E-mail: fw@gpi.uni-kiel.de

Weitere Informationen:

http://www.icegt-2016.de

Dr. Boris Pawlowski | Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

More articles from Event News:

nachricht Optical Coherence Tomography: German-Japanese Research Alliance hosted Medical Imaging Conference
19.11.2018 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie IPT

nachricht “3rd Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP 2018” Attracts International Experts and Users
09.11.2018 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT

All articles from Event News >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Nonstop Tranport of Cargo in Nanomachines

Max Planck researchers revel the nano-structure of molecular trains and the reason for smooth transport in cellular antennas.

Moving around, sensing the extracellular environment, and signaling to other cells are important for a cell to function properly. Responsible for those tasks...

Im Focus: UNH scientists help provide first-ever views of elusive energy explosion

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have captured a difficult-to-view singular event involving "magnetic reconnection"--the process by which sparse particles and energy around Earth collide producing a quick but mighty explosion--in the Earth's magnetotail, the magnetic environment that trails behind the planet.

Magnetic reconnection has remained a bit of a mystery to scientists. They know it exists and have documented the effects that the energy explosions can...

Im Focus: A Chip with Blood Vessels

Biochips have been developed at TU Wien (Vienna), on which tissue can be produced and examined. This allows supplying the tissue with different substances in a very controlled way.

Cultivating human cells in the Petri dish is not a big challenge today. Producing artificial tissue, however, permeated by fine blood vessels, is a much more...

Im Focus: A Leap Into Quantum Technology

Faster and secure data communication: This is the goal of a new joint project involving physicists from the University of Würzburg. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds the project with 14.8 million euro.

In our digital world data security and secure communication are becoming more and more important. Quantum communication is a promising approach to achieve...

Im Focus: Research icebreaker Polarstern begins the Antarctic season

What does it look like below the ice shelf of the calved massive iceberg A68?

On Saturday, 10 November 2018, the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its homeport of Bremerhaven, bound for Cape Town, South Africa.

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Optical Coherence Tomography: German-Japanese Research Alliance hosted Medical Imaging Conference

19.11.2018 | Event News

“3rd Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP 2018” Attracts International Experts and Users

09.11.2018 | Event News

On the brain’s ability to find the right direction

06.11.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Nonstop Tranport of Cargo in Nanomachines

20.11.2018 | Life Sciences

Researchers find social cultures in chimpanzees

20.11.2018 | Life Sciences

When AI and optoelectronics meet: Researchers take control of light properties

20.11.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>