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The University of Göttingen intensive trial site in Ebergötzen

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Independent energy supply to the trial area in Ebergötzen with two fuel cells

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Department of Physical Geography
Geographical Institute
Goldschmidtstraße 5


Dr. Jürgen Grotheer
Dr. Harold Hughes

Project leader:

Prof. Daniela Sauer

Experimental set up

  • Two fuel cell modules (45 W) at two sites in the forest
  • Joint supply of the soil moisture monitoring station and the leachate monitoring station at each site
  • Programmable switching between both stations
  • Timer module for alternating charge of the buffer batteries from the two monitoring stations
  • Equipped with 2 x 10 L methanol to supply the enviLog data logger and vacuum control for a period of approx. 2 years without additional energy input
  • Installation of all technology in a thermally insulated aluminium box with special paint
  • Installation and commissioning by ecoTech
  • Poster

    Becker, Joscha N., et al. "The Ebergoetzen Measurement Site: Linking Biogeochemical Cycles and Soil Development in a Central European Beech Forest." Geophysical Research Abstracts. Vol. 21. 2019.