Deep drilling without causing uncontrolled seismic activity

Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, working in collaboration with the University of Florence and the National Research Council (CNR) in Italy, have studied the seismic activity linked to geothermal drilling in search of supercritical fluids. They discovered that the drilling did not cause uncontrolled seismic activity. This drilling under such critical conditions suggests that the technology is on the verge of achieving practical geothermal energy, paving the way for new sources of non-polluting heat and electricity.

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Article in 20 Minutes daily newspaper (in French)

Research paper in Journal of Geophysical Research

Press release of the University of Geneva

February 12, 2020

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