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The Center for Energy Research at ETH Zurich

The Energy Science Center (ESC) aims to facilitate the deployment of an environmentally friendly, reliable, low risk, economically viable and socially compatible sustainable energy system.

Linking over sixty professors from eleven ETH Zurich departments, the ESC enhances cooperation between ETH Zurich, industry, government and society on energy related issues.

Energy News

28.09.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Energy System Integration Platform goes into operation

Until the year 2050, the Swiss energy system is set to be restructured. The integration of electricity from photovoltaics and wind presents a major challenge to the power networks. With the Energy System Integration (ESI) Platform, an experimental platform is coming on line where promising approaches to the conversion and storage of renewable energy are brought together. Read more 


We are hiring!

We are looking for a Postdococtoral Researcher in the area of Modeling and Analysis of Electric Power Systems   Read more 

21.09.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Reseach

The hydraulics of low-level outlet structures of large dams

Bottom outlets are a key safety device of dams with the purpose of discharging water in a timely and quantitatively defined volume without causing damage. The high-velocity flow in bottom outlets requires sufficient aeration to avoid cavitation damage. This project aims at developing design guidelines to ensure the safe and reliable operation of bottom outlets. Read more 

14.09.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Limiting climate change to 2°C requires zero CO2 emissions by the end of the century

In December 2015, the world’s governments have decided to limit global warming to well below 2°C relative to about 1850, and to pursue efforts towards an even lower target of 1.5°C. Climate scientists associated with the Energy Science Center are modeling both the climate impacts for such scenarios as well as the emission pathways that would be required to achieve those goals. Read more 

07.09.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Defaults in Green Electricity Markets – Preference Match not Guaranteed

Defaults, nudging you into a specific behavior if no active choice is taken, are popular in various fields like for instance organ donation or healthy food displays. Several electric utilities have now started to sell green electricity via default contracts. Such defaults are intended to increase the demand for more environmentally friendly electricity. Read more 

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ESC Events

Versorgungssicherheit im Strommarkt— Eigentümerstrukturen, politische Verantwortung und grenzüberschreitende Kooperation

Donnerstag, 29. September 2016 18.15 — 20.00
ETH Zürich, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich (The event is in German)

Der globalisierte Klimawandel: Wie betrifft er uns?

Dienstag, 8 November 2016, 15:00 - 19:30 Uhr, mit anschliessendem Apéro (The event is in German)

Informationen und Anmeldung (German)

Energy Startup Day

Thursday, 1. December 2016,
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Technopark Zurich Auditorium

Infos and Registrations  

Low-Carbon Energy and Development Strategies

Engineering for Development (E4D)
School on Energy
8–27 January 2017
Cape Town, South Africa


Previous Events

Energy Futures – Europe and North America

Joint Symposium MIT Energy Initiative and ETH Zurich, Energy Science Center

Monday, June 6th, 2016, 13:30 - 19:00, ETH Zurich, Audimax (HG F 30)

Details, slides, recordings

Frontiers in Energy Research: Best Presentation winners

To close the 2016 Spring seminars given by ETH PhD students of their current research, Michael Kant and Petros Papadopoulos were equal winners of the Frontiers Best Presentation award, based on audience feedback. Dr. Christian Schaffner presented the awards at an Apéro on 31st May. The series returns in 2017 Spring semester. Frontiers in Energy Research

ETH Klimarunde – Vision Null: Wege zu einer CO2-neutralen Gesellschaft

Mittwoch, 4. November 2015, 15.00 - 19.30, ETH Zürich, Hauptgebäude Details (German)

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