Profile & expertise

The ‘Universitätsenergie Göttingen GmbH (UEG)’ was found in 2009 and is a subsidiary of the University of Göttingen Public Law Foundation. Object of the company is the energy supply and service for the operation of the University and the University Medical Center of Göttingen for research, teaching, health care, services for the public health care, education and training as well as for technology transfer. The energy supply comprises electrical power, natural gas, heat and cooling energy, water and other useful energies as lightning and motive power. Business purposes also comprise the construction and operation of infrastructure facilities, district heating, power grids, energy generation plants, and emergency power systems.


Role in the Project

In respect to MEET-project, one of the main objectives of the ‘Universitätsenergie Göttingen GmbH (UEG)’ is the substitution of the natural gas used in the company’s owned combined heat and power plant by deep geothermal energy and to retrofit the system for the integration of geothermal energy.

UEG (supported by UGOE) will be responsible for the characterisation of the different geothermal reservoir types and the demonstration site of the transition from the conventional to an EGS-based energy supply system.  

Dr. Bernd Leiss is the scientific project developer and coordinator of the “Geothermal energy project” of the UEG. He is an international renowned structural geologist with a strong material science-related background with project engagements also at international Universities, research centres and in field work campaigns mainly in California/USA, Hongkong, Russia and Namibia. Bernd Leiss is also a permanent staff member of the Department of Structural Geology & Geodynamics, Geoscience Centre of the University of Göttingen, teaching not only field geology and microtectonics, but also geogenically developed energy sources including geothermal energy. 

Dr. Saeed Mahmoodpour is a researcher trained in the fundamental of earth and energy resources engineering. His research interfaces the disciplines of thermodynamic, transport phenomena, geomechanics, rock characterization, electro-kinetic, geochemistry and multiphase fluid flow in porous media. Based on his experience in multiphysics process simulation, he is working on the coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical and chemical simulation of the fluid flow in fractured porous media for the Enhanced Geothermal Systems application.

Dmitry Romanov is a research associate at Universitätsenergie Göttingen GmbH. He defended his PhD thesis at Moscow Power Engineering institute in 2019. His field of interests includes energy saving and reducing temperatures in existing district heating systems, renewable energy, feasibility study of different heat supply designs, hydraulic regimes of heat supply networks, coupling of heat and cold supply systems. His main tasks within the project are evaluation of technical, economic and ecological aspects of different heat supply scenarios and development of a heat supply concept of the UGOE campus with focus on geothermal energy in order to reduce CO2 emissions.