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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
Hydropower around the world with a spotlight on Switzerland
A special report by CNBC provides insights into numerous, important aspects of hydropower worldwide. Apart from taking you to Brazil, Nepal, and the UK, Cécile Münch-Alligné from the HES-SO Valais-Wallis as well as Anton Schleiss and Giovanni De Cesare from the LCH at EPFL bring you to their labs and present their fields of research. Watch the first part (Swiss contributions starting at 6:05 and 12:18) and the second part of the TV show (Swiss contributions starting at 4:14). February 2017
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 Münch-Alligné'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: