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News

Watching the big splash: media visit of the impulse wave experiment

Due to glacier retreat, more alpine valleys become available for hydropower (dam lakes). These lakes are at a higher risk of being hit by rockfall or avalanches, and the resulting waves may damage or even overflow the dam walls. An impulse wave experiment (which is part of FLEXSTOR) aims at learning more about these waves by sliding a heavy sledge into a water basin. This experiment takes place in a gravel pit in Bülach (ZH). On 1 October, journalists gathered there and attended a demonstration of the project. Watch this video and gain an impression of what the experiment looked like. October 2018

Annual Conference and Science Report 2018

The SCCER-SoE Annual Conference 2018 at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Horw (LU) was a great success. All talks are now ready for download and you can take a look at some pictures taken during the two days. The 135 posters are compiled in the Science Report 2018. September 2018

Events

17.1.2019

First national scenario benchmarking workshop in Zurich, Switzerland, organized by SCCER-JASM.

22.-24.1.2019

Winter School dedicated to Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland, organized by EPFL.

7.-12.4.2019

Session on induced/triggered seismicity at the EGU General Assembly 2019 in Vienna, Austria.

11.-14.6.2019

SCCER School #2: Shaping the Energy Transition in Flüeli-Ranft, organized by the eight Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCER). Registration will start in October 2018.

11.-14.6.2019

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

Blog

#14 Hydropower and glacier retreat: what is at stake?

November 2018 - by Bettina Schaefli, Pedro Manso, Matthias Huss, and Daniel Farinotti

Most of Swiss hydropower is produced from rivers fed and thereby influenced by glacier water. These glaciers are continuously losing mass, with the positive effect of ensuring high water yields during hot summer months. But how much of the Swiss hydropower production relies on water released by glacier mass loss, i.e. on water that cannot be replenished by precipitation in the coming decades? A team of SCCER-SoE researchers has answered this question in a recent scientific publication.

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