Work Package 2: Hydropower

Academic research partners: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Swiss National Institute of Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)

Cooperation partners: Research Center for Sustainable Energy and Water Supply (FoNEW) at the University of Basel, Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE) at the University of Geneva, AXPO, Alpiq, Kraftwerke Oberhasli AG (KWO), Elektrizitätswerke der Stadt Zürich (EWZ)

Research objectives
The research activities funded with SCCER resources are complemented, as indicated in the description of each task. The concept of this work package is summarised by the diagram of Figure 1. This shows research and development activity tasks that are addressing the innovation challenges either as part of this work package or through activities, which are formally part of other work packages or of other SCCERs, but are key boundary conditions for the development of the tasks of this work pacakge. The latter are linked, feed each other and provide feedbacks in order to account for interdependencies among technical, economic, social and regulatory aspects of hydropower. The roadmap is articulated through five tasks, which include several research themes addressing the roadmap research questions (a) to (d), and links to tasks that address the roadmap research questions (e) and (f) and are developed in other work packages of this and other SCCERs, as further specified below. The planned studies will for the most part refer to the scale of Switzerland and assess future water resources both for alpine and run-of-river plants. The workplan will focus on specific case studies in the canton Grisons, Valais and Ticino together with the cooperation partners.

Videos with basic information
Anton Schleiss, leader of work package 2, and Swiss-Energyscope created two videos with basic information on the subject of hydropower in Switzerland.

  • The first video is about the advantages, different types, and future perspectives of hydropower in Switzerland. Click here to watch the first video in German or French.
  • The second video is about the economic and environmental challenges of hydropower in Switzerland. Click here to watch the second video in German or French.

Click here to read more about the specific tasks and projects of work package 2.

Flowchart showing the connectivity among the research tasks of the “Hydropower” WP and those outside of it but strictly connected. The arrows show the mono- and bi-directional knowledge pathways, which depict the interdependence and the feedback mechanisms among technical, social and economical sectors.