As part of the GEOBEST-CH research project, the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at ETH Zurich is using seven additional measuring stations to monitor the Geneva Basin, the area on which the GEothermie 2020 project is focusing. One aim of this monitoring is to improve knowledge about natural, local seismicity. But it should also help to detect earthquakes quickly and accurately, and also to clarify whether they are associated with the geothermal project or are instead of natural origin.
GEothermie2020 is a multi-year, exploratory project run by Services Industriels de Genève (SIG) and the Geneva government, aimed at ascertaining the geothermal potential of the Geneva Basin, on both its Swiss and French sides. The project's first phase will entail seeking geological structures suitable for extracting shallow or deep geothermal energy. This will be followed by the launch of some pilot projects.