Each deployment of an EAPOSYS system has the potential to replace a conventional thermal or nuclear power plant
As opposed to current technologies for hot dry rock systems, EAPOSYS involves no hydraulic fracturing.
Flow rates of the thermo-fluids are controlled in closed coax loops so the power generation capacity can be monitored.
To mitigate climate change, most developed countries have adopted a ‘much-commented’ energy transition, aiming at implementing the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement, electrifying the world but losing the battle of reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. In 2018, new renewable accounted for about 3% of the total share of global energy supply and worldwide, GHG emissions keep increasing each year.
EAPOSYS stands for Earth Power Systems and is a new, patent pending approach to deep geothermal heat mining for industrial power production. EAPOSYS is developed by Seismo Earth AG, an early stage innovation company based in the State of Bern, Switzerland.
EAPOSYS is based on series of micro-tunnels pierced to a depth of about 5 km in the hot (>150° C) granitic basement. EAPOSYS coax heat exchange pipes are deployed in the micro-tunnel excavation. The internal structure of the heat exchange pipe element enables optimized heat extraction; in addition, flow rates of the thermo-fluids are controlled in closed coax loops so the power generation capacity can be monitored. 1 m EAPOSYS micro-tunnel can supply a fridge with electricity for more than a century. 10 m EAPOSYS micro-tunnel can supply a home with electricity (and heat) for more than a century. Each deployment of an EAPOSYS system has the potential to replace a conventional thermal or nuclear power plant, taking advantage of the existing grid connection, without soliciting new space and saving significant decommissioning costs.
Switzerland has no conventional geothermal resources (highly permeable aquifer at volcanic-like temperature). Hence the Swiss basement is the target resource for deep heat mining for industrial power production.
Current technologies for hot dry rock systems involve hydraulic fracturing to form and propagate fractures with the aim of creating an artificial reservoir to circulate hot fluids at depth.
Due to the extremely low permeability of artificial reservoirs, combined to uncontrolled flow paths, such enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) have not proven at date the capability of creating a 5 MW plant.
99% of the Earth’s mass is hotter than 1000°C, only the three first kilometers are cooler than 100°C. EAPOSYS intends to find and provide the means to develop a deep geothermal system, capable of massive heat extraction for industrial electricity generation at large scale!
Board Member &
Naomi holds a PhD in micro-seismology and micro-tectonics. Naomi’s original training is in structural geologist, her post-doctoral research focused on environmental geophysics. Naomi has 12+ years of experience in managing applied and multi-disciplinary geo-environmental projects. She was awarded three academic prizes for her PhD thesis and two academic prizes for her diploma thesis.
Founding Partner, Board member &
Lucien is a serial-entrepreneur and philanthropist. A nuclear scientist, specialized in heat-exchanger systems and serial inventor whose expertise is in identifying transformative technologies and making them a commercial success.
Founding partner &
Chairman of the Board
M.Sc in economics, Patrick brings core competences in corporate and business development. Patrick is CEO at Swissinno+, a corporate advisory firm dedicated to the creation, development and expansion of innovative companies.
Prof. Dr. André Rubbia of experimental physics at ETHZ has pioneered and successfully led the development of deep underground observatories for direct dark matter detection (CERN, Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory (Italy), Canfranc Underground Laboratory (Spain)). In 2015, he was elected as the co-spokesperson in the billion-dollar-scale project DUNE (Fermilab). André brings a sound experience with large-scale high-complexity international projects.
M.Sc. (tech.) hydro, soil and rock engineering. Project designer and sales manager at AFRY, Guido brings more than 20 years of relevant and versatile experience in rock mechanics in tunneling and underground excavation big infrastructure projects. Since 2017, he is Member of the European Commission –DG- Joint Research Centre’s Expert Group for updating Eurocode 7 on Design of Underground Structures. Guido brings a deep experience for the successful design and implementation of large-scale underground facilities.
Daniel is an International oil and gas industry consultant and entrepreneur with 35 years of experience in opportunity valuation and strategic investment decisions. Daniel brings with him the experience of valuing and assessing the commerciality of multi billion dollars investments in energy related subsurface projects, as well as their optimized execution plans.
Chief Financial Officer
Raphaël is a Swiss experienced Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in development stage companies. Raphaël is an expert in planning, audit, accounting and shared services
Intellectual Property Management &
M.Sc in microengineering and production technologies. Alain is an innovation expert, specialized in the international industrialization of inventions.
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