Energy

Environment-friendly Energy Transition

Switzerland has firmly resolved to pull out of atomic energy in a step-by-step program. The Federal government’s Energy Strategy 2050 envisions the expansion of hydroelectric power and the increased use of other renewable energy sources. Eawag is researching the impacts of this energy transition on Swiss waters and society and developing processes for a more efficient use of energy from various sources.

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May 18, 2017

Bypass tunnels designed to reduce sediment deposition in reservoirs also have beneficial effects on ecological conditions in downstream receiving waters. This was the conclusion of a study carried out on the Solis reservoir in Graubünden by biologists from Eawag and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).  Read more

April 19, 2017

In early 2015, the National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste, Nagra, proposed two locations for storage in deep geological repositories. Read more

March 22, 2017

The future of urban water management is also our future – this was the opinion of seven PhD students from Eawag came to, who decided to write a paper on the subject.  Read more

Events

08.11.​2017,
8.00 am
Eawag Kastanienbaum

Scientific publications

Bruder,A.; Tonolla,D.; Schweizer,S.P.; Vollenweider,S.; Langhans,S.D.; Wüest,A. (2016) A conceptual framework for hydropeaking mitigation, Science of The Total Environment, 568, 1204-1212, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.05.032, Institutional Repository
Mattmann,M.; Logar,I.; Brouwer,R. (2016) Wind power externalities: A meta-analysis, Ecological Economics, 127, 23-36, doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.04.005, Institutional Repository
Ding,A.; Liang,Heng; Li,Guibai; Derlon,N.; Szivak, I.; Morgenroth,E.; Pronk,W. (2016) Impact of aeration shear stress on permeate flux and fouling layer properties in a low pressure membrane bioreactor for the treatment of grey water, Journal of Membrane Science, 510, 382-390, doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2016.03.025, Institutional Repository
Künzle,R.; Pronk,W.; Morgenroth,E.; Larsen,T.A. (2015) An energy-efficient membrane bioreactor for on-site treatment and recovery of wastewater, Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 5(3), 448-455, doi:10.2166/washdev.2015.116, Institutional Repository

Strategic area of focus "Energy"

Within the framework of the ETH Domain’s strategic area of focus «Energy», Eawag investigates the environmental impacts of energy production, the acceptance of alternative energy supply, the potential for energy savings and energy production from wastewater. Click for a complete project list.

Selected research projects

Watercourses are among earth's most biodiverse ecosystems. However, they are also under severe pressure from construction work and hydropower generation, among other things.
Sustainable urban water and wastewater management applied and implemented in the modular NEST building.
This project aims at providing a better insight into the public preferences of the Swiss population for the suggested hydropower expansion.

Experts

Dr. Martin Schmid
  • modeling
  • surface water
  • hydropower
Prof. Dr. Alfred Johny Wüest
  • aquatic ecology
  • water quality
  • Lake management
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • transdisciplinary research
  • hydropower
Prof. Dr. Rolf Kipfer
  • noble gases
  • isotopes
Dr. Kai Udert
  • wastewater separation
  • decentralized technologies
  • nutrients
  • urine separation
  • resource recovery
Dr. Adriano Joss
  • wastewater
  • micropollutants
  • ozonation
Marc Böhler
  • wastewater treatment
  • micropollutants
  • ozonation