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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

25.05.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Swiss electricity transition and the changing risks to human health, safety, natural and built environment (RIGOROuS project)

Switzerland has decided to phase out nuclear power to reduce the residual risk of nuclear accidents. What are the risks to human health, safety, natural and built environment posed by the Swiss electricity portfolio after the nuclear phase-out? Where will these risks be located? Read more 

18.05.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

The Impact of Energy Labels on Purchases of Household Appliances

Energy-efficient appliances often seem to be overlooked by households although they offer net monetary savings. Increasing the energy efficiency of purchased household appliances would provide a double dividend: Financial profits for households as well as higher social welfare due to the reduction of negative externalities from the consumption of energy. Read more 

11.05.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Tomorrow's Sequential Combustion Technologies for Low Emissions and High Fuel Flexibility

A challenging research project conducted at the CAPS laboratory aims at addressing the problem of combustion instabilities in a new type of gas turbine combustion chamber. This technology step change is based on constant pressure sequential combustion architectures. It provides higher fuel flexibility (natural gas, but also bio- and syn(thetic)- gas), higher operational flexibility, and higher efficiency compared to conventional single stage combustion chambers.   Read more 

10.05.2016 | Prof. Konstantinos Boulouchos, ETH Zürich | D-MAVT

Weg zum CO2-armen Energiesystem

Die Schweizer Energieversorgung steht vor einem Umbruch. Es braucht nicht nur Ersatzkapazitäten beim Strom, wenn die Kernkraftwerke vom Netz gehen. Auch gilt es, die Bereiche Heizen und Verkehr zu elektrifizieren. Wie kann die Schweiz die Lücke schliessen, und wo sollte sie erneuerbaren oder CO2 -armen Strom prioritär einsetzen? Read more 

04.05.2016 | Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research

Catalytic processes for carbon dioxide and natural gas valorization

The ultimate goal of this research is to upgrade abundant carbon dioxide and natural gas resources, connected with the largest greenhouse emissions from human activities, into valuable chemicals and fuels by means of sustainable catalytic routes. Read more 

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ESC 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 and registration

Program (PDF, 847 KB)

Frontiers in Energy Research - final seminar & Apéro

This series of popular and enjoyable seminars given by ETH PhD students of their current research is drawing to a close, with the next being the final one of the semester followed by a short Apéro.
Seminar: Tuesday 31st May, 16:15-17:30,  ML E12 (note change to the usual location)
Apéro:  ML machine hall foyer (next to the Tannenbar) 17:30

All attendees and presenters are invited to the Apéro afterwards. Join us and see which presentation wins the audience vote for best of the series. Futher details are on our webpage Frontiers in Energy Research

Previous Events

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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