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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

22.03.2017 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Humans in the Loop: A Joint Approach for Technical Optimization and Behavioral Participation for Building Energy Efficiency

Efficient building energy management has attracted a great interest due to significant potential energy savings. One obvious challenge is how to combine the efforts by engineers on improving the energy management system with approaches of social scientists to integrate the occupants actively in the energy management system. Read more 

15.03.2017 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Estimating the Savings Potential of Smart Household Thermostats

Heating is the main contributor to energy consumption in households. However, many heating systems still run on fixed schedules, ignoring the fact that heating is in principle only necessary when the home is occupied. Modern sensor-based smart thermostats try to optimize this situation. But when do the expected savings justify the installation of occupancy-aware systems? Read more 

14.03.2017 | Energy Science Center

People Changes at the ESC

We are happy to announce some recent staff changes at the ESC. Our two valued collegues, Pedro Crespo del Granado and Lisa Bettoni, have finished their employment at the ESC, we wish them all the best in their future endeavors. In turn, we are happy to welcome our new member, Tanja Meier. Read more 

14.03.2017 | Fabio Bergamin | D-MAVT

Liquid fuel for future computers

In the future, a new type of tiny redox flow battery will supply tightly packed electronic components with energy, while also dissipating the heat they produce. Read more 

08.03.2017 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

IT-Enabled Behavior Change at the Water-Energy Nexus

Traditional approaches to foster resource conservation include efficiency (infrastructure) upgrades, price increases, and information campaigns. In the past few years, behavioral interventions have received attention as politically feasible and cost-effective alternative solution. A field study with 2120 participants in Singapore assesses the effectiveness of real-time feedback to mitigate water scarcity. 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)

Details and Registration

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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