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Media visit to the ELEGANCY experiment

Media visit to the ELEGANCY experiment

After having introduced ELEGANCY in an SCCER-SoE blog article in August 2018, the experiment is about to start. On this occasion, numerous journalists gathered on 17 January 2019 at the Mont Terri laboratory and learned how faulted rock can retain CO2. Read more about the project here and in the blog article (available in English, German, and French). January 2019

Celebration of Saint Barbara on 4 December at Bedretto Underground Laboratory for Geosciences

Celebration of Saint Barbara on 4 December at Bedretto Underground Laboratory for Geosciences

On 4 December, the project team celebrated the commemoration day of Saint Barbara in the Bedretto tunnel. Saint Barbara is the patron of miners and geologists. As tradition demands, work was interrupted on that day and a statue of Saint Barbara was consecrated and installed in a niche. This was followed by a small celebration in her honour. You will find more pictures in the newsletter (issue 3/2018). December 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.

5.-8.3.2019

Third Schatzalp Workshop on Induced Seismicity in Davos, Switzerland, organized by the Swiss Seismological Service at ETH Zürich.

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).

11.-14.6.2019

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

8.-12.9.2019

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.

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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