GeoEn – Joint Research Project on GeoEnergy Research


Project duration January 2011 til September 2013


A major task of the social challenge at present is to secure a climate friendly and sustainable energy supply. Researchers and engineers of the GeoEn joint project face this task. Their work will extend the established knowledge on geoenergy research. Already developed technologies will be transformed into an economical use. Therefore new technologies are created, which allow a gentle and climate friendly use of fossil fuels, but with the aim of a low-priced appliance of renewable energy sources. The developments will be tested in pilot sites.

Geoenergy research on top level is carried out in the domains CO2 capture, transport and utilization (modern power plant technology) , geological CO2 storage (CCS-technology) , shale gas (unconventional natural gas resources and geothermal technologies .Those four core topics are studied in the GeoEn project separately as well as in the cross-cutting topics (see picture below).


Further information: Projekt-Broschüre PDF and GeoEn-Imagefilm (both in german)


One step ahead
GeoEn connects research and economy. The close co-operation of science and regional economy allows the installation of a solid platform for sustainable energy research in Brandenburg. The education of a new generation of scientists will be carried out by the GeoEn joint research partners and is supported by co-operating partners of the academic network Geo.X. The GeoEn project designs specially fitted curricula for an integrated master study “geoenergy” in order to fight skills shortage.

Co-operation partners and members of the GeoEn project work in the sections assigned to energy research in the sections of the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ, the University of Potsdam (UP) and the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU). GeoEn is a pilot project of Brandenburg within the BMBF Innovation Initiative for the New German Länder.




The four core topics in GeoEn: CO2 capture and transport, CO2 storage, shale gas and geothermal energy.

Photos: BTU Cottbus and German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ



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