January 2021 - by Silvia Omodeo Salé, Prof. Dr. Andrea Moscariello
One of the challenges that deep geothermal exploration faces is the occurrence of accumulations of hydrocarbons (such as natural gas or raw oil) in the subsurface. Is this a concern for Switzerland? Are there accumulations of hydrocarbons that might encumber the development of Swiss geothermal energy? Could these two geo-resources share the same reservoirs and/or flowpaths and how might the development of geothermal energy resources be influenced and affected by it? The UNCONGEO project seeks to answer all those questions.