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

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October 11, 2018

Mountain rivers swollen by heavy rainfall deposit large amounts of sediment in reservoirs. To prevent the loss of storage capacity, some reservoirs are equipped with bypass tunnels which convey sediment-laden waters to downstream reaches. The fact that such tunnels offer ecological benefits as well as economic advantages was shown, for example, by a study carried out on the Solis reservoir in Graubünden. Read more

September 11, 2018

Wastewater smells foul and is full of pathogens. For these reasons it is usually removed and disposed of quickly. The out-of-sight-out-of-mind strategy is, however, costly and opportunities are lost. At Eawag’s Info Day, experts in practice come together with researchers who are seeking new answers – for example, on how nutrients or heat can be recovered from wastewater. Read more

September 5, 2018

Climate warming is not the only cause of temperature changes in lakes, rivers and other bodies of water. The use of waterbodies for heating and cooling also leads to increases or decreases in water temperature. There has been little research to date, however, on how this affects aquatic ecosystems. This lack of understanding has been highlighted by a recent literature review carried out at Eawag and the University of Bern. Read more

Scientific publications

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
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
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Events

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.