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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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

Joint Activity kicked off
On 29 and 30 May 2017, modelling teams from all eight SCCERs convened at Kloster Kappel to officially start the Joint Activity Scenarios & Modelling (JA-S&M). The objective of JA-S&M is to generate robust scenarios for the realization of the Energy Strategy 2050. It will give answers to a number of relevant questions: Which will be the key technical elements of the energy system in 2050? How can the development be guided by policy measures? What is the impact on the Swiss economy as a whole, and on the Swiss citizens? Two work streams have been started, namely (1) a harmonization and efficient exchange of scenario input data (e.g. costs, time series of production and consumption), and (2) the definition of a first set of scenarios to be used by the various modelling teams. The mid-term target is to have first results by spring 2018, and to share and discuss these at a national scenario benchmarking workshop. May 2017

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

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Events

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).

26.-28.09.2018
International Symposium on Energy Geotechnics SEG-2018, organized by the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics at EPFL.

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