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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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

Newsletter "Swiss electricity production in a period of change"
The sixth issue of our newsletter (in German and French) examines the changing conditions of electricity production in Switzerland with an article on the revised Energy Act, a blog post on weather-sensitive hydropower, and an interview about the new Joint Activity "Scenarios & Modelling". July 2017

Weather-sensitive hydropower
Did you know that the reservoirs in Switzerland produced 13.7 percent less electricity in 2016 than in the previous year? Read our new blog post by Manfred Stähli from the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL to learn more about these weather-dependent fluctuations in hydropower production. The post is available in English, German, and French. Feel free to share it on Facebook, Twitter & Co. and to recommend our blog to interested people. June 2017

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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.

Geothermal Congress DGK 2017 in Munich, hosted by the German Geothermal Association (BVG).

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

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

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

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