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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February 19, 2019

The larvae of black soldier flies feed on organic waste matter. This has the potential not only to alleviate the waste problem in many countries, but also cut greenhouse gas emissions from waste disposal by around half. Read more

January 31, 2019

In collaboration with Nagra and Bern University, Eawag scientists have studied the gas dynamics in an experimental tunnel simulating the disposal of radioactive waste. While some of the findings are surprising, the overall safety assessment is positive. Read more

January 10, 2019

On 10 January 2019, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) will award the renowned Swiss "Watt d'Or" energy prize for the twelfth time. Among the five winners is the NEST research and innovation building by Empa and Eawag. In its decision, the jury put a particular emphasis on the "Solar Fitness & Wellness" unit. Read more

Scientific publications

Gaudard, A.; Wüest, A.; Schmid, M. (2019) Using lakes and rivers for extraction and disposal of heat: estimate of regional potentials, Renewable Energy, 134, 330-342, doi:10.1016/j.renene.2018.10.095, Institutional Repository
Ingold, K.; Stadelmann-Steffen, I.; Kammermann, L. (2018) The acceptance of instruments in instrument mix situations: citizens' perspective on Swiss energy transition, Research Policy, doi:10.1016/j.respol.2018.10.018, Institutional Repository
Kobler, U. G.; Wüest, A.; Schmid, M. (2019) Combined effects of pumped-storage operation and climate change on thermal structure and water quality, Climatic Change, doi:10.1007/s10584-018-2340-x, Institutional Repository
Gabbud, C.; Robinson, C. T.; Lane, S. N. (2019) Summer is in winter: disturbance-driven shifts in macroinvertebrate communities following hydroelectric power exploitation, Science of the Total Environment, 650, 2164-2180, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.180, Institutional Repository
Gebauer, H.; Binz, C. (2018) Regional benefits of servitization processes: evidence from the wind-to-energy industry, Regional Studies, doi:10.1080/00343404.2018.1479523, Institutional Repository
To the library


30. - 31.10.​2019,
Eawag Dübendorf

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.