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The SCCER-SoE carries out innovative and sustainable research on the supply of electricity from hydropower and geo-energy in order to meet the challenges of the Energy Strategy 2050.

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Mitigate the risk of induced seismicity

Two recently published papers describe an innovative system and its underlying statistical framework to mitigate the risk of induced seismicity caused by deep geothermal projects (Mignan et al. and Broccardo et al.). Specifically, the newly developed adaptive traffic light system (ATLS) constantly evaluates seismic and hydraulic data during fluid injection and alerts when a previously determined safety norm is to be crossed (e.g. a threshold probability of damages or fatalities). The TLS is adaptive in the sense that it is data-driven and bases on statistical modeling, not on expert judgement as commonly implemented. In the future, the team of the SCCER-SoE task 4.1 plans to improve the statistical model and to reduce uncertainties by better identifying the underlying physics. Various datasets, like the one collected from the Grimsel ISC experiment (Demo-1), will serve this purpose. January 2018

Our research is bearing fruit

The latest SCCER-SoE newsletter (in German and French) introduces you to the engineer Joseph Moerschell, who is developing a new borehole seismometer that will be extensively tested in the Valais next year. In addition, it reveals the plans of a thrilling field test and links you to recent media reports on research findings with the involvement of the SCCER-SoE. December 2017



OPT-HE Prévision hydrologique pour l’hydroélectricité: quelle utilité et quelles perspectives? in Lausanne, organized by the Hydraulic Constructions Laboratory at EPFL and the SCCER-SoE.


Workshop Data Management in Science in Bern, organized by the SCCER-SoE and swisstopo.


Session on induced and triggered seismicity at the ESC in Malta, organized by the European Seismological Commission and the Seismological Society of America.


SCCER-SoE Annual Conference in Horw at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.


International Symposium on Energy Geotechnics in Lausanne, organized by the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics at EPFL.


International Induced Seismicity Workshop in Banff, Canada, organized by the Canadian Induced Seismicity Collaboration and the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources.


#10 New models of Switzerland's subsurface

February 2018 - by Thomas Driesner

Most people probably struggle to imagine what Switzerland's subsurface looks like at depths of hundreds or thousands of metres. Yet it contains some key resources. Groundwater, gravel and sand have long been exploited, but deeper underground there is much untapped potential in the form of geothermal heat and porous rock layers. Computer models make the subsurface visible, enabling us to plan uses of geo-energies.

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