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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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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



International Induced Seismicity Workshop in Banff, Canada, organized by the Canadian Induced Seismicity Collaboration and the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources.


SEDMIX Workshop in Olten, organized by the Laboratory of Hydraulic Constructions at EPFL. Workshop announcement in German (PDF, 0.6 MB) and French (PDF, 0.23 MB).


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


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


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.


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


#13 Mont Terri Experiment: Studying Caprock and Fault Sealing Integrity

August 2018 - by Alba Zappone, Michèle Marti and the SCCER-SoE team

Storing CO2 underground and thereby reducing emissions above ground is an interesting option. A compelling requirement for its success is to avoid leakage. The CO2 needs to be safely stored for decades. Within ELEGANCY, we will experimentally investigate how well a rock with faults can retain CO2.

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