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The SCCER-SoE carries out innovative and sustainable research on the supply of electricity from hydropower and geo-energy in order to meet the challenges of the Energy Strategy 2050.

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Celebration of Saint Barbara on 4 December at Bedretto Underground Laboratory for Geosciences

Celebration of Saint Barbara on 4 December at Bedretto Underground Laboratory for Geosciences

On 4 December, the project team celebrated the commemoration day of Saint Barbara in the Bedretto tunnel. Saint Barbara is the patron of miners and geologists. As tradition demands, work was interrupted on that day and a statue of Saint Barbara was consecrated and installed in a niche. This was followed by a small celebration in her honour.

You will find more pictures in the newsletter (issue 3/2018).

Watching the big splash: media visit of the impulse wave experiment

Due to glacier retreat, more alpine valleys become available for hydropower (dam lakes). These lakes are at a higher risk of being hit by rockfall or avalanches, and the resulting waves may damage or even overflow the dam walls. An impulse wave experiment (which is part of FLEXSTOR) aims at learning more about these waves by sliding a heavy sledge into a water basin. This experiment takes place in a gravel pit in Bülach (ZH). On 1 October, journalists gathered there and attended a demonstration of the project. Watch this video and gain an impression of what the experiment looked like. October 2018



First national scenario benchmarking workshop in Zurich, Switzerland, organized by SCCER-JASM.


Winter School dedicated to Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland, organized by EPFL.


Third Schatzalp Workshop on Induced Seismicity in Davos, Switzerland, organized by the Swiss Seismological Service at ETH Zürich.


Session on induced/triggered seismicity at the EGU General Assembly 2019 in Vienna, Austria.


SCCER School #2: Shaping the Energy Transition in Flüeli-Ranft, organized by the eight Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCER).


European Geothermal Congress in The Hague, The Netherlands, organized by the European Geothermal Energy Council.


Workshop 3.1.E “Renewable Energy: Impacts on Mountain environments and people” at the International Mountain Conference in Innsbruck, Austria, organized by the University of Innsbruck.


#14 Hydropower and glacier retreat: what is at stake?

November 2018 - by Bettina Schaefli, Pedro Manso, Matthias Huss, and Daniel Farinotti

Most of Swiss hydropower is produced from rivers fed and thereby influenced by glacier water. These glaciers are continuously losing mass, with the positive effect of ensuring high water yields during hot summer months. But how much of the Swiss hydropower production relies on water released by glacier mass loss, i.e. on water that cannot be replenished by precipitation in the coming decades? A team of SCCER-SoE researchers has answered this question in a recent scientific publication.

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