Annual Conference 2015

The second SCCER-SoE Annual Conference was held at the University of Neuchâtel on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN). The first day was devoted to Hydropower, the second to Geo-Energy. In the morning, highlights of ongoing SCCER-SoE projects and prospects of future research were presented. During both days, poster sessions offered detailed project insights. In the afternoon, key representatives from politics, industry, and federal offices illustrated their views on the future of Hydropower and Geo-Energy in Switzerland.

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Presentations of Thursday, 10 September 2015, Hydropower

Challenges and prospects of HydroPower and Deep Geothermal electricity production in Switzerland
Prof. Domenico Giardini, Chair of Seismology and Geodynamics, ETH

Swiss Hydro Power Agenda
Prof. François Avellan, Director of the EPFL Institute of Mechanical Engineering

Drivers for change: socio-economics, climate change, and environment
Prof. Hannes Weigt, University of Basel, Dr. Martin Schmid, eawag, Prof. Manfred Stähli, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

Hydropower infrastructure - How to make Swiss hydropower more competitive?
Prof. Anton Schleiss, Laboratoire de constructions hydrauliques, EPFL

Hydrological Systems
Prof. Paolo Burlando, Chair of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, ETH
Daniela Anghileri, Post Doc Researcher, ETH

Future of Swiss Large Hydropower Plants
Prof. François Avellan, Director of the EPFL Institute of Mechanical Engineering

Future of Swiss small HydroPower plants
Prof. Cécile Münch-Alligne, HES-SO Valais

Individualized support for your business
Dr. Walter CTI Innovation Mentor, Davos

Eine nationale oder europäische Ausrichtung für die Schweizer Wasserkraft?
Klaus Riva, Bundesamt für Energie

Hydropower Development The perspective of the ISKB
Martin Bölli, General Secretary ISKB

EnlargingHydro Production–Position of a Power Company
Niklaus Zepf, Head Corporate Development, Axpo Group

Politics and Ecological Impacts Of Hydropower In Switzerland
Beat Jans, National Council, SP


Presentations of Friday, 11 September 2015, Geo-energy

Swiss roadmap for electricity production from Deep Geothermal Energy
Prof. Domenico Giardini, Chair of Seismology and Geodynamics, ETH

Rocks, water, and heat: 50 years of research at the center for hydrogeology and geothermics at UniNE
Prof. Stephen A. Miller, University of Neuchatel

Task 1.1 Reservoir exploration, assessment & characterization: . Overview of Current Projects
Prof. Larryn Diamond, University of Berne

Task 1.2 Reservoir Modeling and Validation: Overview of Current Projects
Prof. Thomas Driesner, ETH

In-situ Stimulation and Circulation Experiment
Prof. Domenico Giardini, Chair of Seismology and Geodynamics, ETH

Challenges for CO2 Storage
Prof. Martin Saar, ETH

Exploration and Visualization of the Swiss Underground
Olivier Lateltin, Swiss Geological Survey

Geothermal exploration in Western Switzerland
Prof. Andrea Moscariello, University of Geneva

Risk assessment and mitigation for the energy sector
Prof. Stefan Wiemer, Swiss Seismological Service, ETH

Global observatory of electricity resources (Task 4.2)
Peter Burgherr, Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI)

High-end modeling requirements for the energy sector
Prof. R. Krause, USI Lugano

SCCER – SoE «GeoEnergy» View from the Swiss Federal Office of Energy
Gunter Siddiqi, Swiss Federal Office of Energy

The FORGE initiative of the US department of energy
Markus Häring, geo explorers

Challenges for the industry
Dr. Peter Meier, Geo-Energie Suisse

Political developments for GeoEnergy in Switzerland
Dr. Stefan Müller-Altermatt, National Council, CVP