Martin Luther University
Halle-Wittenberg, Applied Geology

The Department of Applied Geology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg studies groundwater flow and transport mechanisms on multiple scales, especially heat transport, coupled mechanical deformation, and environmental impacts. This is motivated by the thrill of exploring the enormous diversity of the geo-environment hidden beneath our feet from the depth of a few centimeters to kilometers. The work of the department seeks to expand our understanding of fluctuations in the subsurface due to urbanization, geothermal energy use, and climate change. To achieve this, the researchers of the department link multiple disciplines such as hydrogeology, geophysics, rock mechanics, computational, energy, and environmental science. Among the different means are new field, laboratory, and model-based investigation techniques.

INTERSTORES Project role

In INTERSTORES, MLU’s research will focus on ground monitoring and model development at the IN-Campus, incl. installation and optimizing ground thermal waste heat recycling. The department leads a work package on environmental aspects to provide an in-depth environmental assessment of the seasonal thermal energy storage variants. It will strongly support the generalization of site-specific findings for transfer to other potential storage solutions or locations. Besides, MLU handles coordination in INTERSTORES.

Contact person

Leonhardt, Tom

tom.leonhardt @

„With INTERSTORES we are taking seasonal storage research to the next level!“
Prof. Peter Bayer
Project Coordinator