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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..



SCCER School "Shaping the Energy Transition"

At the SCCER School in Engelberg in mid-October, the first of its kind, 160 PhD students, postdocs and scientific assistants spent three days thinking and discussing about how to shape the energy transition with their research. Nearly 40 speakers from academia, industry and federal offices covering topics as the energy market, storage, supply, consumption and distribution inspired and challenged the young scientists. Excursions to a multifunctional wastewater treatment plant, the small hydropower plant Trübsee and the Benedictine Monastery of Engelberg enriched the dense program and allowed soaking up the warm autumn sun and panoramic mountain view. Take a look at some pictures and download the presentations. October 2017

Annual Conference & Science Report 2017

The SCCER-SoE Annual Conference 2017 at the WSL in Birmensdorf was a great success. All talks are now ready for download and you can take a look at some pictures taken during the two days. The 140 project posters presented and discussed are compiled in the Science Report 2017September 2017

Your preferred Swiss electricity portfolio 2035

Support the Swiss National Science Foundation project RIGOROuS and participate in the survey on your preferred Swiss electricity portfolio for the year 2035 (5-10 min, available in English, German and French). The survey is based on the interactive web-tool Riskmeter, where you can explore a variety of Swiss electricity portfolios as well as read about pros and cons of the different technologies. After you submit your preferred portfolio in Riskmeter, you will be asked several questions on your familiarity with the energy topic as well as your experience with Riskmeter. September 2017

German TV documentary on dam safety

The crew of the ZDF broadcast "planet e." visited, amongst other places, the Grande Dixence dam in the Valais with Georges Darbre from the SFOE and the Laboratory of Hydraulic Constructions at the EPFL with José Pedro Matos and Anton Schleiss. The documentary focuses on the safety of dams, especially under future conditions of glacier and permafrost melting possibly causing rock fall and dam break. Click here to watch the documentary in full length or to pick out the above mentioned excerpts starting at minutes 01:30, 13:40, 31:20 and 41:56. August 2017



Energy Startup Day in Zurich, organized by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the ZHAW.


Umbau des Energiesystems - wie weiter? in Bern, organized by the Swiss Academy of Sciences and the Society for Natural Sciences in Bern (NGB).


Energy Day @ ETH in Zurich, organized by the Energy Science Center at ETH Zurich.


5th Swiss Symposium Thermal Energy Storage in Horw, organized by the SCCER Heat and Electricity Storage.


Journées Biennales des Géosciences et de l'Environnement in Lausanne, organized by the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment at the University of Lausanne.


9th European Geothermal PhD Days in Zurich, organized by the PhD students from the Geothermal Energy and Geofluids group at ETH Zurich.


Intensive Course on Energy Geostructures: Analysis and Design in Lausanne, organized by the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics at EPFL.


International Symposium on Energy Geotechnics SEG-2018 in Lausanne, organized by the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics at EPFL.


#9 Small hydropower and happy fish?!

October 2017 - by Philipp Meier and Katharina Lange

Globally, the construction of small hydropower plants is booming. This fuels further habitat fragmentation and degradation, putting even more pressure on freshwater biodiversity. Biodiversity, especially genetic diversity, is one of our greatest assets to combat impacts from global change, allowing organisms to adapt to altering environmental conditions. Careful planning can support us in finding hydropower sites that offer highest electricity production at the smallest cost for biodiversity.

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