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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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Save the date for the SCCER-SoE Annual Conference: 13 & 14 September 2018

Save the date for the SCCER-SoE Annual Conference: 13 & 14 September 2018

The fifth SCCER-SoE Annual Conference takes place on 13 & 14 September 2018 in Horw (LU), at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The Annual Conference presents insights into our research highlights, puts a strong emphasis on the project posters, and offers many opportunities for personal exchange. At this year’s conference we introduce parallel sessions and two new formats: poster pitches as well as knowledge and technology transfer talks for hydropower and geo-energy stakeholders. Please find more information and the preliminary program on our website. Registration is required and will be open from May 2018. April 2018

Mitigate the risk of induced seismicity

Two recently published papers describe an innovative system and its underlying statistical framework to mitigate the risk of induced seismicity caused by deep geothermal projects (Mignan et al. and Broccardo et al.). Specifically, the newly developed adaptive traffic light system (ATLS) constantly evaluates seismic and hydraulic data during fluid injection and alerts when a previously determined safety norm is to be crossed (e.g. a threshold probability of damages or fatalities). The TLS is adaptive in the sense that it is data-driven and bases on statistical modeling, not on expert judgement as commonly implemented. In the future, the team of the SCCER-SoE task 4.1 plans to improve the statistical model and to reduce uncertainties by better identifying the underlying physics. Various datasets, like the one collected from the Grimsel ISC experiment (Demo-1), will serve this purpose. January 2018



OPT-HE Prévision hydrologique pour l’hydroélectricité: quelle utilité et quelles perspectives? in Lausanne, organized by the Hydraulic Constructions Laboratory at EPFL and the SCCER-SoE.


Workshop Data Management in Science in Bern, organized by the SCCER-SoE and swisstopo.


Session on induced and triggered seismicity at the ESC in Malta, organized by the European Seismological Commission and the Seismological Society of America.


SCCER-SoE Annual Conference in Horw at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.


International Symposium on Energy Geotechnics in Lausanne, organized by the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics at EPFL.


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


#10 New models of Switzerland's subsurface

February 2018 - by Thomas Driesner

Most people probably struggle to imagine what Switzerland's subsurface looks like at depths of hundreds or thousands of metres. Yet it contains some key resources. Groundwater, gravel and sand have long been exploited, but deeper underground there is much untapped potential in the form of geothermal heat and porous rock layers. Computer models make the subsurface visible, enabling us to plan uses of geo-energies.

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