Project GeoMol

Project Completed (Duration: 01.09.12 - 30.06.15)

Harnessing Subsurface Treasures

The alpine foreland basins encompass a wide variety of natural resources and possible reservoirs deep underground, so-called geo-potentials, which are becoming more and more important in light of the energy turnaround. The more than 5000 m deep "Molasse" basins offer a huge potential for the use of environmentally friendly technologies, such as geothermal energy. They can be used as underground reservoirs for natural gas or as a buffer for climate-dependent renewable energies. One problem is that there is frequently insufficient knowledge of the precise underground structures to allow for an efficient and sustainable use. Moreover, these structures often extend across national borders, requiring a transnationally coordinated approach.

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