SCCER-SoE Phase 1 Highlights

Do you wonder what the SCCER-SoE achieved in its first phase lasting from 2013 to 2016? Then have a look at our collection of research highlights. It offers insights into burning questions, promising opportunities, key challenges, and potential solutions in the domains of geo-energy and hydropower.

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Swiss wish for a renewable energy future
Within the NRP 71 „Managing Energy Consumption“, a survey with nearly 8’300 participants conducted by the Institute of Political Science (University of Bern) shows that the Swiss population strongly supports the installation of additional renewable electricity plants in the future. In detail, nearly 80% advocate the construction of new large-scale hydropower plants, and almost 60% are in favor for using geothermal energy and small-scale hydropower. In Western Switzerland, the acceptance for geothermal power plants is higher compared to other parts of the country. Least desired are electricity imports and the construction of new nuclear and gas power plants. Find out more about the project and its results. April 2017

Newsletter "Putting knowledge into practice"
The fifth issue of our newsletter (in German and French) starts off by introducing the second phase of the SCCER-SoE, which started in January 2017. It continues by providing various insights into our pilot and demonstration projects about sediments in reservoirs, geothermal energy in Geneva, small hydropower, and the ISC experiment in the Grimsel rock lab. April 2017

Doris Leuthard praises geothermal energy
The association “Geothermie-Schweiz” had an in-depth talk with the President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard about the potentials of geothermal energy in Switzerland. Whereas Switzerland already has a leading role in the use of shallow geothermal energy, there is still a wide scope regarding the exploitation of deep geothermal energy. She sees a voting in favour of the Energy Strategy 2050 in May 2017 as an essential condition to further explore deep geothermal energy in Switzerland. Click here to read the interview in German, French, or Italian. February 2017

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Events

20.6.2017
Geothermie-Forum Frauenfeld "Energiestrategie 2050: Was der Volksentscheid für die Geothermie und interessierte Städte und Gemeinden bedeutet", organized by GEOTHERMIE-SCHWEIZ.

9.-13.9.2017
FoMICS Summer School on Meshfree and immersed boundary methods for fluid-structure interaction in Lugano, organized by the Institute of Computational Science at USI and the Laboratory for Hydraulic Machines at EPFL.

14.-15.9.2017
SCCER-SoE Annual Conference in Birmensdorf at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL.

17.-20.10.2017
SCCER School - Shaping the Energy Transition in Engelberg, organized by the eight Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCER).

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