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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
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