IEG-Weisweiler Research Laboratory for Deep Geothermal Energy
The Research Laboratory for Deep Geothermal Energy Rhineland at the Weisweiler Power Plant is a laboratory for the exploration and development of the Devonian and Lower Carboniferous limestones, which are considered one of the largest European reservoirs for potential hydrothermal uses.
IEG establishes the Rhineland Deep Geothermal Energy Research Laboratory in cooperation with RWTH Aachen University in the vicinity of the Weisweiler power plant site. Based on a 1000 m deep research borehole and observatory, a deep geothermal energy project for the district heating supply of Aachen is to be developed.
The IEG Research Laboratory Deep Geothermal Energy Rhineland will deal, among other aspects, with
- Environmental compatibility and geo risks,
- Technology and materials for geothermal power, heat and cold production, and
- Geotechnical solutions for the subsequent use of open-cast mining regions.