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The SCCER-SoE carries out innovative and sustainable research on the supply of electricity from hydropower and geo-energy in order to meet the challenges of the Energy Strategy 2050.

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Inauguration of the Bedretto Lab

Inauguration of the Bedretto Lab

On 18 May 2019, the Bedretto Laboratory for Geo-energies was officially inaugurated. Around 300 people from the public but also from politics, science and industry, attended the celebration and visited the lab. One day before, on 17 May 2019, a media event took place. It attracted 17 journalists from all over Switzerland and resulted in around 13 well-balanced and informative media reports about the lab, the projects and the importance of geo-energy.

To see more pictures of the inauguration and to receive updates, follow the Bedretto Lab on Instagram! May 2019


Register now for the SCCER-SoE Annual Conference: 3 & 4 September 2019

Register now for the SCCER-SoE Annual Conference: 3 & 4 September 2019

The registration for the SCCER-SoE 2019 Annual Conference is now open. Please find more information on the website and in the programme. May 2019



SCCER School #2: Shaping the Energy Transition in Flüeli-Ranft, organized by the eight Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCER). Unfortunately, the SCCER-School #2 had to be cancelled due to an insufficient number of registrations.


European Geothermal Congress in The Hague, The Netherlands, organized by the European Geothermal Energy Council.


Forum Geothermie in Zurich, organized by Geothermie Schweiz.


SCCER-SoE Annual Conference in Lausanne (VD) at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL.


Workshop 3.1.E “Renewable Energy: Impacts on Mountain environments and people” at the International Mountain Conference in Innsbruck, Austria, organized by the University of Innsbruck.


7th European Geothermal Workshop in Karlsruhe, Germany, organized by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT.


17th Swiss Geoscience Meeting in Fribourg, Switzerland.


International Workshop on Landslide-generated Impulse Waves in Reservoirs in Ittigen, Switzerland, organized by ETH Zurich and SFOE.


#15 Earthquakes and geothermal energy: lessons from Pohang

May 2019 - by Michèle Marti and Domenico Giardini

In November 2017, a magnitude 5.5 earthquake shook the South Korean city of Pohang, injuring over 100 people and causing $300 million worth of damage. Just a short time later, suspicion arose that the quake might have been triggered by a nearby geothermal project. This impression was backed up by two scientific studies. As a result, the South Korean government set up an international expert commission, whose members include Domenico Giardini, professor at ETH Zurich and head of the SCCER-SoE. This commission's recently published final report confirms that the geothermal project was indeed the cause of that highly destructive earthquake.

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