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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

21.02.2017 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Sustainable Waste and Secondary Resource Management to Support the Energy Turnaround (wastEturn)

wastEturn aims to optimise the contribution of Swiss waste management to the “Energy Turnaround”, that is, the shift from non-renewable to renewable sources and reduction in overall energy consumption. The project looks beyond direct energy contribution by also analysing indirect savings, while considering environmental performance, financial viability, and political feasibility. Read more 

15.02.2017 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Radical innovation for low energy concrete structures

“Low Energy Concrete”, a project supported by SNF, has been set-up to look into the improvement potential of building materials by developing low-energy construction products. A new generation of Portland cement with clinker substitution up to 65% has been defined, able to decrease up to 60% the energy needed for manufacturing. Read more 

08.02.2017 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Temperature Dependent Capacity Utilization for Enhanced Reliability of Overhead-lines

The TeKaF project (German acronym for temperature dependent capacity utilization for overhead-lines) aims to increase reliability, safety, and capacity of the Swiss electric transmission grid. As the electrical power transfer is increasing, a dynamic evaluation of the maximum transmission capacity of the existing overhead-lines is desired. The maximum current and thus the resulting conductor temperature is influenced by local weather conditions. Read more 

02.02.2017 | Dr. Jochen Markard, ETH Zürich | D-MTEC

Why energy forecasts often fail

Players in the energy industry and the policy domain often depend on forecasts. A closer look reveals that these predictions sometimes fall wide of the mark. Underestimating innovation dynamics is one reason why. Read more 

01.02.2017 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

How efficient are Swiss households?

Energy efficiency is one of the pillars of the ’Energy Strategy 2050’ and therefore an important issue next to new renewables. However, how efficient are we already now? At the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE) we try to answer this question at least for households.  Read more 

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ESC Events

The Global Energy Challenge - A Corporate View

April 3rd, 2017, 12.30 - 18.00h
ETH Zurich, Audimax (HG F30)


Low-Carbon Energy and Development Strategies

Engineering for Development (E4D)
School on Energy
10–28 July 2017
Cape Town, South Africa


Previous Events

Die Zukunft der Energiespeicher Trends und offene Fragen

Mittwoch, 14. Dezember 2016, 14:15 - 18:00 Uhr, mit anschliessendem Apéro (The event was in German)


Energy Startup Day

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

Technopark Zurich Auditorium


ETH-Klimarunde 2016 – Der globalisierte Klimawandel: Wie betrifft er uns?

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


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 was 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

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