Research trip at the ETH Zurich Geothermal Energy and Geofluids group

Third-year PhD student Ábel Markó spent six weeks in November-December 2022 at the Geothermal Energy and Geofluids ( group of ETH Zurich in Switzerland in connection with his research as part of the Cooperative Doctoral Program.

ETH Zurich plays an unquestionable leading role in the field of earth sciences, being among the top 2 universities in the world. Within this, the Geothermal Energy and Geofluids (GEG) group in the Department of Geophysics, led by Prof. Martin Saar, also performs outstanding scientific work, among others in the field of CO2 geological storage and use, and related to (EGS) enhanced geothermal systems. They also perform studies to understand the problems related to geothermal reinjection, which is also part of Ábel’s research.

As a result of the research trip, Ábel learned the use of the Leapfrog Geothermal geothermal reservoir modeling software, creating a regional geological model in his research area, and also started to get to know the Reaktoro hydrogeochemical modeling software, which can be used for studying the local clogging processes, which can be useful for his PhD research.

In addition, by participating in the work of the GEG group during the research trip, besides that Ábel presented his own results and research, there was an opportunity to build further relationships, including several doctoral students of the EASYGO project, as well as to continue the collaboration with the senior researcher Dr. Maren Brehme; the expected result of which are further joint publications and joint research.