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Geo-Energy and the Global Energy System – An Introduction (ETR07)

  • To be announced for 2025


This course provides an overview of the global energy system and all its components including recent developments on all continents. It showcases present-day exploration and development of hydrocarbons as well as future sustainable new energy projects like geothermal. It also discusses the way forward in the energy transition with geo-energy and the subsurface playing a vital role.

Next to this, the course introduces the global carbon cycle and the basics of climate change with the aim to see where the main levers are in the energy transition. Thereby, it addresses some of the still remaining misconceptions around energy resources and their role in climate change. The aim is to support expediting the journey towards sustainable new energy solutions and net-zero emissions.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS: Internet Access, MS Office (Excel, Word and Powerpoint)
Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops to class.

Course Level: Foundation / Skill
Duration: 5 days
Instructor: Jürgen Grötsch

Designed for you, if you are...

  • A geoscientist or energy professional who plans to work in energy exploration and development as well as underground storage and sequestration projects.

How we build your confidence

This course comprises a mixture of lectures, exercises, case studies, discussions and feedback sessions. The course follows the discover, ask and learn approach.

The benefits from attending

This training course aims to provide you with the following goals:

  • Provide an introduction to the global energy system
  • Present a global overview of current energy production and consumption
  • Introduce all main energy resources used globally
  • Discuss the role of the global carbon cycle and climate change
  • Understand the workflow of hydrocarbon exploration - Play Based Exploration (PBE)
  • Provide insights into subsurface reservoir characterization for clastics and carbonates
  • Receive an introduction to field development planning (FDP) for energy resources
  • Present and discuss a number of landmark hydrocarbon and geothermal projects
  • Introduce subsurface and surface development concepts for geo-energy
  • Highlight the role of uncertainties in the subsurface
  • Illustrate the potential and additional benefits of geothermal energy
  • Introduce the hydrogen exploration
  • Provide an outlook for trends and developments in the global energy market
  • Understand the present-day global LNG market and its role
  • Discuss the main challenges and risks in the energy transition
  • Address the role of geosciences in the energy transition


  • Overview of the global energy system
  • Introduction to all currently used energy resources
  • Exploration and Development of hydrocarbons, geothermal and hydrogen
  • New developments in the global energy demand
  • Outlook on opportunities and risks in the energy transition



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