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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

07.12.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Energy in Global Security Policies

Low oil prices, changes in natural gas market structures and a whole set of new suppliers: Global energy markets have seen massive changes over the last five years. This also changes the geopolitical constellation of supplier and consumer countries – new security challenges are emerging. Read more 

30.11.2016 | Energy Science Center

Two ESC Members Receive Prestigious Teaching Awards at ETH Day

John Lygeros, Professor of Control and Computation at the Automatic Control Laboratory, was awarded the 2016 Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching and Tobias Schmidt, Professor of Energy Politics received the Golden Owl award. It honours lecturers who have provided exceptional teaching and motivates them to continue with their excellent teaching. Read more 

30.11.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

The Hybrid Transformer - Towards a Smarter Grid

With the target to reduce CO2 emissions, conventional large scale power plants will be gradually replaced by distributed renewables. The increasing integration of these renewables entails power quality problems such as voltage fluctuations especially in the 400V low voltage distribution grid. New concepts as the hybrid transformer enable to maintain the desired power quality even with a high share of renewable generation.  Read more 

23.11.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Plug and Play Load Control for a Sustainable Distribution Grid

Demand-side management will play a key role for improving reliability and efficiency in an increasingly complex grid, balancing large demands, e.g., caused by electric vehicles. We develop techniques that automatically compute optimal load profiles, taking into account network and user requirements, and most importantly varying load connectivity. Read more 

16.11.2016 | Prof. Robert Boes, ETH Zürich | D-BAUG

How hydropower can deal with sediments

Sediments get deposited in storage lakes and increase the erosion of hydraulic turbines. To keep hydropower plants operational for as long as possible, researchers are developing new methods of monitoring sediments in real time. Read more 

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ESC Events

Die Zukunft der Energiespeicher Trends und offene Fragen

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

Informationen und Anmeldung

Low-Carbon Energy and Development Strategies

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


Previous Events

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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