Research Projects

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HEATSTORE (2018-2021)

In the framework of the transnational Heatstore project, the Swiss national project of Geneva will allow the assessment of the heat storage potential for the development of a HT-ATES System connected to the waste-to-energy plant located in Cheneviers (Canton of Geneva). A modular and holistic approach will be developed addressing these following aspects:

  • Resource assessment and reservoir characterization
  • Energy modelling to integrate the HT-ATES system into the existing network
  • Economic modelling aiming at reducing the risk and the costs of a running HT-ATES system

Geothermal Energy Chance of Success (2018-2020)

GECOS is a INNOSUISSE funded project which focusses on deep geothermal exploration and development projects and is based on three main pillars:

  • Reduction of subsurface uncertainty
  • Mitigation of the risk
  • Reduction of the costs

GECOS website
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UNCONGEO (2017-2023)

The aims of UNCONGEO is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the association of geothermal hot aquifer systems with hydrocarbon occurrence in the Swiss Plateau subsurface. This project will deliver a unbiased and independent geo-resource occurrence maps of the Swiss Molasse Plateau which will represent a fundamental document which will help to address the following crucial questions:

  • What types of geo-energy resource systems are active in the Swiss Plateau?
  • Are there accumulations of hydrocarbons that might encumber the development of Swiss geothermal energy?
  • Are there correlations between the two geo-resources and how might the development of geothermal energy resources be influenced and affected?

UNCONGEO website
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In the framework of the Swiss Energy Strategy 2050 and in agreement with IEA, IPCC and COP21 recommendations, the Swiss scientific community aims at establishing the fundamental knowledge to support the realisation of a first pilot project in Switzerland to demonstrate, at the field scale, that CO2 storage can safely be done without causing unacceptable seismicity, fluid-mineral reactions and environmental contamination. Within the national SCCER-SoE program, the GE-RGBA group at UNIGE is involved in the investigation of the Swiss Molasse Plateau in order to describe and quantify the geological properties of the subsurface of the region spanning from Lake Geneva to Lake Constance, to select the most suitable CO2 underground storage sites.

ELEGANCY website
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FD-RAS (Fluvio-Deltaic Reservoir Analogue Study) aims at reducing uncertainties in reservoir modelling by bringing field-based sedimentology into modelling workflows, this is accomplished using three main tools:

  • Field-based conceptual model
  • Virtual outcrop data extraction
  • Data integration

FD-RAS website
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SWEET DeCarbCH (2021-)

The GE-RGBA group is delighted to participate to Work Package 1 focusing on the Thermal Energy System Modelling at the Mesoscale: developing spatially resolved decarbonization pathways for thermal energy (start: M1, duration: 48 months) Aiming to quantify the value of both renewable heating and cooling as well as of negative CO2 emissions. together with our SWEET partners we will deliver a dataset on thermal energy resources and technologies as well as models with specific focus on higher spatial resolutions that are needed to model location-constrained technologies such as district heat networks. These will be linked with whole energy system models.

DeCarb CH website