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.

News

January 21, 2021

Legionella in drinking water systems can pose a health risk. But the complexity of the stagnation issue means that a much more nuanced approach is required to manage this risk than has previously been supposed.

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December 17, 2020

Europe still has barely any downstream passage facilities that guide fish past the turbines of run-of-river power stations unharmed. Now, an interdisciplinary team of engineers from ETH Zurich and fish biologists from Eawag have developed a rack that uses pressure and flow differences to guide fish out of the main flow and into the safe fish passage. Laboratory tests have shown that the system, which works by influencing fish behaviour, is particularly effective for cyprinid fish and salmon parr.

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Scientific publications

Hadengue, B.; Scheidegger, A.; Morgenroth, E.; Larsen, T. A. (2020) Modeling the water-energy nexus in households, Energy and Buildings, 225, 110262 (10 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2020.110262, Institutional Repository
Trencher, G.; Rinscheid, A.; Duygan, M.; Truong, N.; Asuka, J. (2020) Revisiting carbon lock-in in energy systems: explaining the perpetuation of coal power in Japan, Energy Research and Social Science, 69, 101770 (17 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.erss.2020.101770, Institutional Repository
Mayr, M. J.; Zimmermann, M.; Dey, J.; Wehrli, B.; Bürgmann, H. (2020) Lake mixing regime selects apparent methane oxidation kinetics of the methanotroph assemblage, Biogeosciences, 17(16), 4247-4259, doi:10.5194/bg-17-4247-2020, 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.

Experts

Dr. Christian Binz
  • decentralized systems
  • innovation
  • global change
  • sustainable transitions
  • urban water management
Marc Böhler
  • wastewater treatment
  • micropollutants
  • ozonation
Dr. Nadja Contzen
  • environmental psychology
  • transdisciplinary research
  • behaviour change
  • health psychology
  • public acceptability
Prof. Dr. Karin Ingold
  • science-policy interface
  • environmental policy
Dr. Adriano Joss
  • wastewater
  • micropollutants
  • ozonation
Prof. Dr. Rolf Kipfer
  • noble gases
  • isotopes
Dr. Ivana Logar
  • decision analysis
  • sustainable water management
  • environmental economics
Dr. Martin Schmid
  • modeling
  • surface water
  • hydropower
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • transdisciplinary research
  • hydropower
Prof. Dr. Kai Udert
  • wastewater separation
  • decentralized technologies
  • nutrients
  • urine separation
  • resource recovery
Dr. Christine Weber
  • fish
  • river restoration
  • ecology
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Wehrli
  • river restoration
  • hydrogeology
  • surface water
  • sediments
Prof. Dr. Alfred Johny Wüest
  • aquatic ecology
  • water quality
  • Lake management
Dr. Christian Zurbrügg
  • solid waste management
  • sustainable water management
  • water treatment
  • urban sanitation
  • water supply