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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

18.01.2017 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Integrated Energy Systems Modelling Platform (Nexus)

The objective of this project is to develop an integrated modelling platform for assessing energy systems that cuts across the boundaries of established fields of knowledge by combining existing and new models. The Nexus project aims to study complex and interdisciplinary questions about the impact of technical, socio-economic and political decisions on the performance of the future energy system Read more 

11.01.2017 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Integration of RES in the Swiss distribution grid

The ISCHESS project studies the optimal transformation of the Swiss energy supply towards a more sustainable system through the integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES). The first project phase evaluates the impact of RES at the Swiss distribution grid level. The second project phase extends the study to the national scale of the Swiss transmission grid. Read more 

11.01.2017 | Ueli Wieland, ETH Zürich | D-ERDW

Geothermal storage for our cities

Geothermal probes and heat pumps provide an effective alternative to oil heating, but they aren’t suitable for use in densely populated areas where probes in close proximity extract too much heat from the ground. However, using probes for heat storage as well could unlock their considerable potential. Read more 

04.01.2017 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Electrical Energy Storage in Private Households – A Curse or a Blessing?

Storing electrical energy in private households becomes increasingly popular. If many households still demand electricity from the grid, there is a destabilizing effect due to variable quantities of privately produced electricity. On the other hand, private production unburdens the grid. Is private households’ energy storage hence a curse or a blessing? Read more 

21.12.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Cost Benefit Analysis of Smart Grids

This project focuses on fundamental, cross-cutting issues that will provide a better understanding of Smart Grid ecosystems among stakeholders. It seeks to establish interfaces with existing networks/initiatives, establishing synergies and avoiding duplication of ongoing activities. Read more 

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ESC Events

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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