In Brief

The Swiss Energy Strategy 2050 envisages considerably increasing the share of renewable energies. Geothermal energy, using the heat captured in the deep underground, is one such source. In the “Bedretto Underground Laboratory for Geoenergies”, ETH Zurich studies in close collaboration with national and international partners, techniques and procedures for a save, efficient, and sustainable use of geothermal heat. To this aim, a unique research infrastructure has been established. It is located 1.5 km below surface in the middle of a 5.2 km long tunnel connecting the Tessin with the Furka tunnel. Learn more about the project.

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The Bedretto Lab has been inaugurated!

The Bedretto Lab has been inaugurated!

On 18 May 2019, the Bedretto Lab was officially inaugurated. The public had the opportunity to visit the rock laboratory. The uncovered tunnel offered visitors an insight not only into the unique rock laboratory, but also into the history of the Alps deep inside a mountain. In front of the tunnel portal, visitors also had the opportunity to learn more about the planned work, to solve a rock quiz, to follow the production of drill cores and to get to know the various measuring systems.

Discover more about the inauguration in the media reports!

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