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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

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 

13.07.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

3for2 Beyond Efficiency – a new holistic design concept for tall office buildings in hot and humid climate zones

At Singapore-ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory the Chair of Architecture and Building Systems conducts research on efficient technologies and planning concepts for emission-free buildings and cities, taking the particular spatial and climatic challenges of Singapore into account. 3for2 Beyond Efficiency is an example of a novel office building design concept. Read more 

12.07.2016 | Absolvent Joshu Jullier, ETH Zürich | D-USYS

Mehr Akzeptanz für Stromleitungen

Die Schweiz muss ihr Stromnetz für die Energiezukunft modernisieren, doch Ausbauprojekte stossen auf Widerstand und verzögern sich. Es gibt aber Möglichkeiten, die Akzeptanz der Bevölkerung für neue Übertragungsleitungen zu erhöhen. Read more 

06.07.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Derisking Energy Access

Approximately 1.1 billion people lack access to electricity in developing countries. Innovation and related cost reductions in decentralized energy and storage technologies make off-grid electrification solutions an important approach to addressing the energy access gap. The DERISKING ELECTRICITY ACCESS project by ETH and UNDP analyses how public instruments can make such solutions attractive for private investors. Read more 

29.06.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Enhanced Fretting Fatigue Resistance of Conductors for High Voltage Overhead Lines (CONFAT)

While overhead-line electricity transmission grids are generally well established in Europe, and there is not a big incentive to install new or replace existing conductors, there is an interest in improving reliability and maximising current flow with minimum impact on operating lifetime.  This is the focus of the CONFAT project. Read more 

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ESC Events

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, reception to follow
ETH Zurich, Audimax (HG F 30)
Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland

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

SAEE Jahrestagung 2015 – Effiziente Energieversorgung der Schweiz: Lenkungspolitiken, Versorgungssicherheit und Klimaschutz

Freitag, 13. November 2015, 13.15 - 17.15, ETH Zürich, HG E3

Details (PDF, 328 KB)

ETH Klimarunde – Vision Null: Wege zu einer CO2-neutralen Gesellschaft

Mittwoch, 4. November 2015, 15.00 - 19.30
ETH Zürich, Hauptgebäude

Please note that this event was in German.

Flyer (PDF, 947 KB)

Informationen (German)

Das Stromnetz der Zukunft

Referate und Podiumsdiskussion
Donnerstag, 18. Juni 2015, 15.00 - 19.00 Uhr
Please note the event was in German

Grid Expo

Dienstag, 16. - Freitag, 19. Juni 2015

Details (German)

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