Director of Fraunhofer IEG
Prof. Rolf Bracke has been institute director of Fraunhofer IEG together with Prof. Mario Ragwitz since December 2019. Previously, he built up the International Geothermal Center Bochum (GZB) as a NRW joint research institution of science and industry since 2003 as founding director and chairman of the board. GZB was transferred to Fraunhofer IEG on January 1st, 2020 as the Bochum part of the institute. Within Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Rolf Bracke coordinates research on the dimension of heat for the institutes of the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance and the Cluster of Excellence Integrated Energy Systems.
As a full professor at Ruhr University Bochum, he holds the Department of Geothermal Energy Systems at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. There, the geologist, who holds a doctorate and degree from RWTH Aachen University, sees himself as a bridge builder between the natural sciences and engineering. Previously, he held the professorship for Geothermal and Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Bochum University of Applied Sciences from 2002 to 2020 and was Vice President for Research between 2006 and 2009.
Rolf Bracke is intensively involved in the international scientific community. He was director of the International Geothermal Association (IGA) between 2013 and 2020 and is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Energy Research Alliance (Geothermal Program). He has led a variety of research projects on energy transition in the European and global space and advises international institutions such as the World Bank, the United Nations, Central American Integration System (SICA) or European institutions on energy issues.
His central research interests lie in the transformation of mining-related technologies in the development of climate-neutral energy systems. In 2020, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his work on structural change.