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Turbine prototype under test
For the first time in Switzerland, a prototype of a turbine to produce electricity solely out of the current of a river (without a dam) is being tested in the tailrace channel of the Lavey power plant (VD). The test will last for six months and show if an industrialization is possible. Cécile Alligné-Münch's team at the HES-SO Valais-Wallis expects the turbine to produce 8000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the consumption of two housholds. Learn more about the turbine and the test in the following TV and newspaper articles:
#7 SCCER-SoE Blog
Small but powerful! This is the motto of our new blog post by hydropower expert Cécile Alligné-Münch from the HES-SO Valais-Wallis. She writes about the importance and potential of small hydropower in Switzerland nowadays and in the future. The post is available in English, German, and French. Feel free to share it on Facebook, Twitter & Co. and recommend our blog to interested people. February 2017
Modeling domino effects
As one of the biggest Swiss newspapers, Tages-Anzeiger published a detailed article about various research activities in the field of risk analysis. Especially highlighted was Arnaud Mignan’s work on the modeling of domino effects caused by natural disasters that occur very rarely but have enormous consequences. Click here to read the full article (in German). January 2017