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ESC

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.

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24.08.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Hydroabrasion-resistant materials at sediment bypass tunnels and hydraulic structures

Sediment bypass tunnels (SBT) are subjected to severe invert abrasion due to high flow velocities and sediment transport causing considerable maintenance expenses. This project addresses this problem by testing various invert materials, their durability and life-cycle cost under field and lab conditions and hence contributes to sustainable operation of hydraulic structures. Read more 

10.08.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Spallation drilling – a technology to boost the geothermal energy supply of Switzerland

In order to promote the development of geothermal energy production from deep resources, cost effective solutions to increase the drilling performance have to be developed. To this end, the research group of Prof. Rudolf von Rohr investigates a novel attempt to intensify conventional drilling processes, namely spallation drilling. Read more 

04.08.2016 | Fabio Bergamin | D-MATL

Solid batteries improve safety

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a lithium-ion battery made entirely of solid material: it contains neither liquids nor gels. The battery cannot ignite, even at very high temperatures, giving it a safety advantage over conventional batteries. In addition, they allow new forms of battery design. Read more 

27.07.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Redox flow power delivery and cooling (REPCOOL)

The research of the Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technolgies (LTNT) into redox flow electrochemistry for power delivery and cooling proposes a paradigm shift in the way we power and cool computer components: Liquid redox electrolytes transported through microfluidic chips provide both power and cooling via the same fluidic pathways. Based on this concept, the integration density and energy efficiency of computers can be enhanced substantially. Read more 

20.07.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Quantifying the emissions and environmental impacts from thermoelectric power plants globally

The impacts on ecosystem quality and human health caused by the thermoelectric power sector are numerous, bearing on local and global scales. The overarching aim of this project is to build a comprehensive georeferenced database of thermoelectric power plants and their emissions that will enable the comprehensive (bottom-up), spatially-explicit assessment of the environmental pressures due to power generation. Read more 

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ESC 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)


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  


Previous Events


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)


Das Stromnetz der Zukunft und Grid Expo

Referate und Podiumsdiskussion – Donnerstag, 18. Juni 2015, 15.00 - 19.00 Uhr, Ausstellung – Dienstag, 16. - Freitag, 19. Juni 2015 Details (German)



 
 
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