Geneva’s “GeniLac” system demonstrated at Automnales festival

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A large-scale geothermal energy project in Geneva – featured in last year’s The Future We Want exhibit organised by Green Cross International – is being given a public showing this week to help residents understand how it works.

The Automnales festival opened its doors Monday at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. Visitors will have until Saturday to walk through the special stand set up by Services industriels de Genève (SIG) and experience a simulation of one of the newest environmental initiatives on Lac Léman.

SIG has expressed its commitment to continually develop new projects that improve sustainability and support the transition to clean energy. This includes GeniLac, which exploits geothermal energy – the use of subterranean heat to generate power.

“The potential of geothermal in a future mix of sustainable energy should not be underestimated,” said Adam Koniuszewski, Chief Operating Officer of Green Cross International. “Geothermal is efficient, competitive and reliable, and this is why Geneva has made geothermal a key part of its plan to reduce carbon emissions 40 per cent by 2030.”

“This is one of the forms of renewable energy that can be used to increase our energy independence,” said Michel Balestra, President of SIG. “Underneath Geneva sits a valuable resource.”

Balestra continued, saying GeniLac is “a project that uses lake water to provide either heat or cooling to entire districts. It is a clean and innovative technology, which we are inviting the public to learn more about by visiting us at the Automnales festival.”

A smaller-scale version of this system has been in place for about 10 years under the buildings used by International Organisations in Geneva’s Nations district. GeniLac extends this service to central Geneva, and by 2022 to the areas around the airport.

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The GeniLac image included in Green Cross’ 2015 “The Future We Want” photo exhibit