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EAPOSYS

Harnessing earth’s energy at scale

Efficient – Sustainable – Safe

High Potential

High potential

Each deployment of an EAPOSYS system has the potential to replace a conventional thermal or nuclear power plant

No fracturing

No fracturing

As opposed to current technologies for hot dry rock systems, EAPOSYS involves no hydraulic fracturing.

Monitorable

Monitorable

Flow rates of the thermo-fluids are controlled in closed coax loops so the power generation capacity can be monitored.

Renewable is not enough: it needs to be sustainable!

Sustainability indicators are comprehensively evaluated and incorporated at the very inception of EAPOSYS.

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

Micro-tunnel coax heat
exchange technology

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.

Micro-tunnel coax heat exchange technology
High Potential

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.

No fracturing

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.

Monitorable

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.

Geothermal is the greatest source of renewable energy; and yet, it is the least exploited. This is a huge opportunity for humanity.

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!

Founders

Dr. Naomi Vouillamoz

Dr. Naomi Vouillamoz

Founding Partner,
Board Member &
Managing Director

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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.

Lucien Vouillamoz

Lucien Vouillamoz

Founding Partner, Board member &
Lead Inventor

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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.

Patrick Scherrer

Patrick Scherrer

Founding partner &
Chairman of the Board

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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.


Scientific and Industry Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. André Rubbia

Prof. Dr. André Rubbia

Scientific Advisor
Large-scale high-complexity
international projects

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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.

Guido Nuijten

Guido Nuijten

Industrial Advisor
Rock engineering

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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.

Dr. Daniel Zweidler

Dr. Daniel Zweidler

Industrial Advisor
Drilling technology

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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.


Management

Raphaël Ségur

Raphaël Ségur

Chief Financial Officer

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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

Alain Jaccard

Alain Jaccard

Intellectual Property Management &
Technology Industrialization

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M.Sc in microengineering and production technologies. Alain is an innovation expert, specialized in the international industrialization of inventions.


Investors

On August 21, 2019, Seismo Earth has closed a first capital increase, enabling the initiation of first work packages:

  • Hydraulics and thermodynamics modeling of a +300 MW nominal capacity EAPOSYS system;
  • Rock mechanics feasibility analyses;
  • Systemic analyses of Energy systems, definition and evaluation of sustainability indicators;
  • Market analysis.

A detailed presentation is available, on request, under NDA.
Interested parties should contact Patrick Scherrer:
patrick.scherrer@seismo-earth.com

CONTACT US

We are happy to provide more information

Seismo Earth SA
Schwadernauweg 33
CH-2504 Biel/Bienne
Email: naomi.vouillamoz@seismo-earth.com