• Foreseen Trift Dam will benefit from FLEXSTOR (left: lake level today, right: maximum level) - March 2016
  • Electricity production & consumption of a fully renewable Switzerland - February 2016
  • Micro-turbine prototype successfully tested - December 2015
  • Successful first SCCER-SoE / NRP 70 PhD School - October 2015
  • Development of a new iso-kinetic turbine - October 2015
  • First boreholes for the ISC Project at the Grimsel rock laboratory are drilled - October 2015
  • Iceland: first numerical simulations of supercritical geothermal reservoirs - August 2015
  • The Alps without glaciers: new helicopter ice penetration radar system successfully tested - April 2015
  • Construction of a new sediment transport measurement system in the Albula river by WSL - March 2015

SCCER-SoE Research Areas


Imagining the worst for Europe’s riskiest assets
The STREST project (within task 4.1 of the SCCER-SoE) has been featured by the TV channel Euronews. Watch the video with Anton Schleiss, Arnaud Mignan and José Pedro Matos. May 2016

TV report about carbon capture and storage in Switzerland
Carbon capture and storage is one of the main research areas of the SCCER-SoE. Watch this short TV report of RTSinfo to get a good overview of this technique, some risks, and ongoing research activities in Switzerland. April 2016

Using turbulent water jets to keep dams clean
Sediments continuously build up in reservoirs and therefore reduce the storage volume of dams worldwide. EPFL researchers came up with a method of keeping sediments in suspension and allowing them to be flushed out. A prototype is in the works and will be tested on several dams in Switzerland as part of the SCCER-SoE. Click here to read the news article by the EPFL that was recently cited in several newspapers (including a video and links to the original reports). April 2016

10th Swiss Energy Research Conference
On April 14 and 15, 2016 the 10th Swiss Energy Research Conference took place in Lucerne. About 240 participants came to discuss strategies, priorities, and results of Switzerland’s energy research. Take a look at the presentation of Domenico Giardini (SCCER-SoE head), Larryn W. Diamond (SCCER-SoE task 1.1 coordinator, University of Bern), and Peter Meier (CEO Geo-Energie Suisse AG) with an overview of the eight SCCER’s coordinated research content. If you want to know more about the event, read this detailed article (only in German). April 2016

Media analysis shows potential for conflict
Dr. Olivier Ejderyan of the USYS TdLab and the SCCER-SoE’s task 4.1 conducted a qualitative media analysis with 115 articles of Le Temps, Tribune du Genève, and Le Quotidien Jurassien. The goal was to provide an overview of social perceptions on Deep Geothermal Energy (DGE) in parts of Switzerland where most advances on concrete projects are currently under way. Results indicate that DGE is perceived as a technical matter managed by the public hand. The main risk to which DGE is associated is induced earthquakes. Seismic risk is mostly perceived as a phenomenon, whose negative consequences are not dramatic and can be managed. However, articles addressing questions of governance of DGE projects tend to report disagreements between authorities and the population on whether information were communicated properly and public involvement was sufficient. Therefore, the analysis suggests that this is a contested issue that must be addressed by DGE project planners and developers. April 2016

Second SCCER-SoE newsletter
The second issue of the new SCCER-SoE newsletter is available now (in German and French). It includes an interview with Peter Burgherr about the „Global Observatory“, details of the new project FLEXSTOR and task‘s 4.1 report about a fully renewable Switzerland. Click here for more information and to read the second issue of the newsletter. March 2016

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Public seminar "Potential von ADCP Messtechnik zur Erhöhung der Genauigkeit von numerischen Modellen im Flussbau" in Zurich, organized by the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW).

5. Internationaler Geothermie-Kongress in St. Gallen with the topic "Investitionen in die Tiefengeothermie - was fehlt?".

7.6.2016, 13.9.2016, 8.11.2016, 6.12.2016
Conférences publiques organisées par le laboratoire de constructions hydrauliques (LCH) in Lausanne, in partnership with the SCCER-SoE.

Workshop "Schwemmholz an Hochwasserentlastungsanlagen von Talsperren / Bois flottant et évacuateurs de crues des barrages” in Zurich, organized by the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) and the Swiss Committee On Dams.

28th IAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems in Grenoble with the workshop "Dealing with hydro-abrasive erosion at high-head HPPs" by the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) on July 6.

PhD Summer School on System Models in Life Cycle Assessment in Grosshöchstetten (Canton of Bern).

Conference "Software für die angewandte Hydrologie - Anregungen für die Praxis" in Bern by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).

SCCER-SoE Annual Conference 2016 in Sion. Further information will follow soon.

European Geothermal Congress 2016 (EGC) in Strasbourg (France).

HYDRO 2016 Exhibition and Conference "achievements, opportunities and challenges" in Montreux.

SCCER-SoE / NRP 70 PhD School 2016 in Leukerbad. Further information will follow soon.

13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-13) at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne.

International Workshop on "Advances in Laboratory Testing and Modelling of Soils and Shales" in the Swiss Alps, organized the EPFL.

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