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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

26.10.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Smart All-SiC Solid-State Transformers

Future applications such as high-speed trains or medium-voltage DC collecting grids for wind parks require a galvanic isolation between a medium-voltage system and a low-voltage system, yet the available space is constrained. Compared to conventional solutions employing conventional passive low-frequency transformers, solid-state transformers (SSTs) based on novel silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors provide supreme performance in terms of efficiency and power density. Read more 

19.10.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Deep large-scale underground experiments for the development of Deep Geothermal Energy

Deep Geothermal Energy is a fundamental component of the Energy Strategy 2050 of Switzerland – expected to produce at least 7% of the present demand of electricity, or 4.4 TWh in 2050. To reach this target, we need to show that deep geothermal energy can be extracted safely and at competitive costs. To demonstrate this capacity, we initiated large-scale in-situ stimulation and circulation experiments in the Grimsel Test Site. Read more 

12.10.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

The risk of cascading failures in power systems

Economic activities strongly depend on critical energy infrastructures, e.g. the electric power system. Failures in the electric infrastructure not only cause power supply disruption, but also produce losses across the dependent economic sectors. This project models cascading failures in power systems and captures their impact to society and industrial sectors. Read more 

05.10.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

WINDMIL - Smart Monitoring, Inspection and Life-Cycle Assessment of Wind Turbines

ERC Starting Grant project WINDMIL aims to establish a smart framework for life-cycle assessment of Wind Turbines (WTs), guiding the management of these assets from cradle-to-grave. The project couples easily deployed and affordable sensor technology with state-of-the-art numerical modeling and data processing tools for diagnosing condition and predicting residual life. Read more 

05.10.2016 | Prof. Stefan Wiemer, ETH Zürich

Geothermal Energy – A Community Effort

How to use the Earth’s interior heat in an economically successful and sustainable way? Switzerland is considering this question in its Energy Strategy 2050, and Europe also sees geothermal energy as a part of the future energy mix. The international project DESTRESS will evaluate methods and feasibility. Read more 

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ESC Events

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

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)

Details (German)

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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