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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June 15, 2018

The CENTAUR sewer control system has been recognized as the ‘Most Innovative New Technology of the Year’ at the 2018 Water Industry Awards in England. CENTAUR stands for ‘Cost Effective Neural Technique for Alleviation of Urban Flood Risk’ and is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. Eawag researchers were part of this project. Read more

April 30, 2018

There is a wealth of energy and nutrients in wastewater. New processes enable the recovery of these resources from wastewater and sewage sludge, with the goal of redefining the function of the wastewater-treatment plants. Formerly energy users, they will become energy producers and the source of valuable fertilizer. This new technology has convinced the Swiss Climate Cent Foundation. It is contributing financial support to the construction of the new installation in the ARA Altenrhein. Read more

February 22, 2018

The earth’s water supply is changing because of global warming: the ratio of precipitation to evaporation is sinking, and additional arid zones may emerge. The speed at which this development is likely to take place has been analysed by an international team including Eawag researchers.  Read more


Scientific publications

Kammermann, L. (2018) Factors driving the promotion of hydroelectricity: a qualitative comparative analysis, Review of Policy Research, 35(2), 213-237, doi:10.1111/ropr.12274, Institutional Repository
Sollberger, S.; Wehrli, B.; Schubert, C. J.; DelSontro, T.; Eugster, W. (2017) Minor methane emissions from an Alpine hydropower reservoir based on monitoring of diel and seasonal variability, Environmental Sciences: Processes and Impacts, 10(19), 1278-1291, doi:10.1039/C7EM00232G, Institutional Repository
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, H.; Li, G.; 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
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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.