January 2021 - the Bedretto Team
The Swiss Energy Strategy 2050 prioritizes renewable energies, with geothermal energy being among others a very promising resource for electricity and heat production. To this end, ETH Zurich established the "Bedretto Underground Laboratory for Geosciences & Geoenergy" with the support from the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER-SoE) and other partners. The Bedretto Lab is a unique research infrastructure aimed at developing and establishing workflows for a safe, efficient, and sustainable use of geothermal heat. It is located 1500 metres below ground and allows experiments on a larger scale: from formerly tens to now a few hundreds of metres. The Bedretto Reservoir Project is a follow-up of the successful Grimsel In-situ Stimulation and Circulation (ISC) project. It currently is the largest project at the Bedretto Lab.