The German Geothermal Congress

Geothermal Congress 2021 announces program

The German Geothermal Congress 2021 is taking place in the City of Essen, North Rhine-Westpahlia, Germany. Picture: Phillip Gülland

(Berlin, August 25, 2021) The congress will take place from November 30 to December 2, taking into account a detailed hygiene concept at the Haus der Technik in Essen.

This year, the Geothermal Congress 2021 will be held at the Haus der Technik in Essen in compliance with the safety measures specified by the authorities. Visitors can expect a total of 175 technical presentations, including workshops, sessions, poster sessions and keynotes. At the Science Bar competition, doctoral and final theses can win the young talent award of the German Geothermal Association. In addition, the AG Geothermal of the BMWi research network Energiewendebauen will present itself and invite discussions.

Dr. Erwin Knapek, President of the German Geothermal Association: "We are looking forward to the on-site specialist congress and hope that the industry will once again be able to network there in person. Together, we would like to drive forward the energy and especially the heat turnaround and the congress can help to find the right partners and experts for this. Should the pandemic hit us again, we will organize the congress digitally, as was successfully done last year. " For those interested from abroad, or people who do not wish to travel, a streaming ticket will also be offered as an alternative.

Prof. Dr. Horst Rüter, Head of the Scientific Committee: "We would like to thank for the numerous submissions, which are of high quality. Our topics this year include deep, mid-depth and near-surface geothermal energy, process heat and the use of mine water. The Scientific Committee has again prepared a very diverse and challenging program covering all aspects of geothermal uses."

Partner countries Switzerland and Austria

On Tuesday, November 30, the congress will start with a workshop day. Highlights include workshops by the partner countries Switzerland and Austria and the joint DACH workshop on the regulatory framework for the use of deep geothermal energy comparing the rules in these countries. In addition, the German section of the international association WING - Women in Geothermal will be officially accomplished in a kick-off workshop on Tuesday. The day will end with an Icebreaker evening for visitors.

Wednesday continues with the official opening, lectures and poster sessions. Topics include geothermal-derived lithium, cold local heating networks, mine water utilization and innovative drilling techniques.  At the social evening, the German Geothermal Association will celebrate its 30th founding anniversary.

Thursday, December 2, visitors can expect, among other things, technical presentations on a "Strategy Paper Geothermal" of the Fraunhofer Institutes, sessions on the industrial use of geothermal heat and the lighthouse project of the Schwerin municipal utilities in the field of medium-depth geothermal energy. In addition, the Award for Outstanding Young Scientists and the Science Bar Young Scientists Award will be presented on Thursday.

The program can be viewed >>>here<<< and is also partly offered in English. Registration is open.


Geothermal Congress 2021 announces partner countries Austria and Switzerland

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(Berlin, 9th of June 2021) Dr. Erwin Knapek, President of the German Geothermal Association, on the partnership: "In order to strengthen the country community of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, we recently extended the editorial responsibilities of our magazine Geothermal Energy to the geothermal associations of Switzerland and Austria. Consequently, it was also obvious for us to show this newly strengthened cooperation at this year's Geothermal Congress." As the congress is planned again on location in the City of Essen this year, joint and independent workshops of the partner countries are also to be held there.

"We are looking forward to the first-time cooperation of the geothermal associations in the DACH region for the Geothermal Congress and are convinced that increased joint communication in the German-speaking region in the future will improve the visibility and relevance of geothermal energy to decision-makers," said Dr. Peter Seifert, chairman of the Geothermal Association of Austria.

The president of Geothermie-Schweiz, Nathalie Andenmatten Berthoud, also knows the value of international cooperation: "It makes it possible to benefit from each other's expertise, improve common practices, and generally make better use of the potential of geothermal energy in the countries. With this in mind, Geothermal Switzerland has already entered into a partnership with the French association in 2019. I am very pleased that we are now intensifying this exchange in the German-speaking region as well."

The call for papers is currently running and invites interested parties to submit recent scientific results.


Call for Papers: Geothermal Energy Congress 2021 at the Haus der Technik in Essen, Germany

(Berlin, March 1, 2021) After the successful Digital Geothermal Congress 2020, the German Geothermal Association (BVG) is planning this year's edition as a face-to-face event. The congress will take place from November 30 to December 2 at the Haus der Technik in Essen. For this, the BVG is launching a Call for papers.  

After the Geothermal Congress (DGK) is before the Geothermal Congress! Planning for this year's edition is already in full swing. It has now been decided: Germany's largest and most important specialist congress on the subject of geothermal energy will be held in Essen from November 30 to December 2, 2021. The Haus der Technik located there is a reliable partner and conference venue with flexible premises as well as well thought-out and proven hygiene concepts. Should circumstances nevertheless require it, rescheduling to a digitally held congress is possible in good time.

There will also be thematic diversity in 2021: In addition to the overarching topics of sector coupling, legal framework conditions for the heat transition, heat pumps, and heat grids and storage, there will also be specific focal points for deep and near-surface geothermal energy. For deep geothermal energy, the focus will be on exploration, material use, medium-depth geothermal energy, and the complex of reservoir development and management. In the area of near-surface geothermal energy, concepts for cost reduction and measures to increase efficiency will be covered, as will cold local heating networks and neighborhood concepts, as well as quality assurance and groundwater protection. In addition, other scientific topics on geothermal energy can be submitted.

With a call for papers, the German Geothermal Association invites interested parties to present their current scientific findings at the DGK. Young scientists are also invited to participate in the "Science Bar". The poster competition offers the opportunity to present bachelor's, master's or doctoral theses on the topic of geothermal energy to a broad professional audience. The best presentation will be awarded the Young Scientist Award of the Bundesverband Geothermie e.V. (German Geothermal Energy Association).

"We are pleased that the Digital Congress was also a complete success with over 780 visitors from 21 countries," says BVG President Dr. Erwin Knapek: "The event offers representatives from business, science and politics the opportunity to learn about current developments and discuss the future of the industry. With the digital format, we have succeeded in making this possible even in times of pandemic. Nevertheless, we hope to meet in person again this fall."

The deadline for handing in abstracts is June 30, 2021.
Find out more on Call for Papers here.

If you have questions about submissions, please contact the organizing team:


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