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Generic research platforms are a core element of the Helmholtz research programme within the Topic "Geothermal energy systems".

MoNiKaMoNiKa (Modular Low Temperature Cycle Karlsruhe)

At the KIT Campus North, a low temperature power plant cycle based on ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) technology for geothermal energy usage is currently being set up. MoNiKa has a modular design and is prepared for the mobile usage in a future project phase. The generic platform offers unique possibilities to investigate geothermal power plant processes. The individual components such as pumps, heat exchanger and turbine are exchangeable and will be characterized in a wide operating range. Analysing the interactions between the components in consideration of site specific conditions is also part of the research scope. Furthermore, the efficiency of working fluids and their mixtures will be studied. In this way, the components and the power plant cycle as a whole can be thermodynamically and economically optimized.

Further information can be found on www.monika.kit.edu.


GeoLaB (Geothermie-Labor im Bergwerk):


GeoLaB is a planned geothermal underground research laboratory in the Black Forest and Odenwald (in cooperation with the TU Darmstadt) region. The focus of this international and multidisciplinary research platform is on thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical (THMC) processes of deep geothermal reseervoirs and scientific questions of reservoir engineering and borehole safety under sustainability aspects. GeoLaB has been designed for controlled high flow rate experiments (CHFE) in the fractured crystalline basement, the reservoir rock with the greatest geothermal potential worldwide, next to the most important geothermal hotspots in Central Europe. The sociological concept for the interaction with the population follows a geoethical appraoch and gives GeoLaB a pioneering role for future geoscientific/geotechnological infrastructures.

Further information can be found on www.geolab.kit.edu.