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The continuing strong demand for geothermal exploration systems confirms that the research that has been carried out over the past few years has been successfully implemented. However, given the current situation with respect to competition and pricing pressure, there is a risk of facilities being inadequately planned and installed. It is therefore essential to create and test quality assurance tools. Within the scope of the SwissEnergy training and further education schemes, these instruments can be distributed and their users can receive the necessary training. The main goals of the Geothermal energy research programme are as follows:

  • To improve the planning and implementation bases for complex geothermal exploration systems
  • To improve the efficiency and economic viability of complex geothermal exploration systems for heating and cooling

12 drillings were carried out in the period from 1987 to 1998 as part of the federal government's efforts to assess the risks associated with geothermal exploration. The success rate was close to 50 percent. Optimising the success rate by improving the availability and quality of data and the prospecting methods for the geothermal utilisation of aquifers is another important goal.

Conversion technologies for electricity production from low-temperature heat have a great deal of optimisation potential.

Reservoir engineering is one of the main challenges in the area of enhanced geothermal technology, while others include modelling, simulation and analysis of micro-seismology. Here it is important to continue to internationally co-ordinate the acquisition and processing of know-how.

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Contact: Gunter Siddiqi
Last update: 20.08.2012

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