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. 


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.


Bianca Wagner is a senior research scientist at the Department of Structural Geology and Geodynamics of the Geoscience Centre of the University in Göttingen. She studied Geology/Palaeontology at the University of Resources in Freiberg and at the University of Göttingen, where she achieved her PhD in the field of GIS-based analysis of Cenozoic geodynamics and mineralization of NW Yunnan (P.R. of China) in 2003. In 2008 she accomplished the degree “Public Relation Consultant (DAPR)” at the University of Management and Communication (Technical College) in Potsdam.

She has a strong methodological background in spatial data analysis, as her previous research focused on the application of Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing techniques and 3D Modelling to investigate geological, geotechnical, hydrogeological and hydrological research questions in Europe, in Asia and in the Middle East.

For some years now, Bianca Wagner has been extending her field work and research methods by incorporating surface and subsurface 3D field surveying techniques (digital photogrammetry, terrestrial laser scanning) and 3D modelling at outcrop-scale.

At the same time, she has been deepening her expertise in the fields of public relation, research data management, graphic recording & sketching, project management and concept development.

Within the past years, her research emphasis had been shifting to the exploration of the shallow, medium and deep geothermal potential of the Göttingen region. Therefore, her recent research focuses on the acquisition, homogenization, storage, analysis and interpretation of geospatial data that is relevant for geothermal energy usage. As one of the geothermal project coordinators, since 2018 she has been employed in part-time at the Universitätsenergie Göttingen GmbH.