The eight Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SSCERs), financed by the Innosuisse, are research networks created to increase the research capacity in the energy domain. Their aim is to support the development of innovative solutions to address the technical, social, and political challenges resulting from the aims of the Swiss Energy Strategy 2050.
The SCCER Supply of Electricity (SCCER-SoE) focuses on the domains of hydropower and geoenergies (deep geothermal energy and CO2 sequestration). Eawag leads task 2.3 of the SCCER-SoE, which aims at assessing the environmental impacts caused by an expected increase in hydropower production in Switzerland, and at developing strategies for reducing these.
Objectives of Task 2.3
Activities at Eawag focus mainly on the trade-off between electricity production from small run-of-river hydropower plants, biodiversity and ecosystem services, and on the effects of hydro- and thermopeaking.