SCCER Reloaded:
All eight SCCER started their second funding phase on January 1st 2017

All eight Swiss Compentence Centers for Energy Research (SCCER) started their second funding period on January 1st 2017.
We kindly acknowledge the funding of the first period which was evaluated positively by all institutions involved and look forward to the continuation.
While the first phase focused more on technology screening, the second phase (till 2020) concentrates on further development and implementation of the most promissing technologies and concepts indentified in phase I.
The structure of the SCCER Hae, as well as the research topics, were slightly adjusted while the main focus of resarch and development remained in the field of Heat storage, Battery materials and Battery development, Hydrogen generation and storage, as well as CO2 reduction and the assessment of energy storage.
We also welcome the group of Tobias Schmidt from ETHZ, Dep. of Humanities, Social and Pol.Sc., the group of Luca Baldini from Empa, and the group of Peter Janson, PSI, Laboratory for Thermal Processes and Combustion Materials for Energy Conversion as new resarch partners in our SCCER. Again, the Paul Scherrer Institut provides the infrastructure as the leading house.
We are very pleased to acknowldege the financial support from the Swiss federal goverment though CTI for the second period.


The Swiss Competence Center for Heat and Electricity Storage

Welcome to the SCCER Heat and Electricity Storage

The Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) “Heat and Electricity Storage” (HaE) is one of eight centers, which have been established in the research fields of mobility (SCCER Mobility), efficiency (SCCER FEEB+D, SCCER EIP), power supply (SCCER SoE), grids (SCCER Furies), biomass (SCCER Biosweet), as well as economy and environment (SCCER CREST) in light of the Swiss Government’s Energy Strategy 2050. The implementation of the SCCERs is supervised by the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI).

The declared aim of this energy strategy is the transition from nuclear power to a power supply system based on renewable sources to meet the CO2 emission targets. An important factor is to expand and strengthen the knowledge in the energy field through the increase of personnel resources, e.g., scientists, engineers, technicians alongside with technology development.

The centers are organized as virtual consortia of industrial and academic institutions (cantonal universities, federal universities, federal research centers and universities of applied science) distributed all across Switzerland with the intention to maximize the outcome by combining the strongest competencies in each area of expertise. To maintain a long-lasting effect on the Swiss power supply system, the competence centers will receive financial support until 2020.

Within the framework of these seven SCCER, the SCCER on Heat and Electricity Storage is dedicated to active research on:
Thermal Energy Storage
with a focus on buildings and processes by exploring advanced adiabatic compressed air storage (AA-CAES), pumped heat electric storage (PHES), high-temperature process heat.
Advanced Battery and Battery Materials
with focus on Li- and Na-type batteries. In terms of energy density, cost and the high explorative area of beyond Li-ion technologies.
Hydrogen Production and Storage
by exploring emerging technologies in the field including redox flow batteries, radically lower cost catalysts, and high energy density liquid storage routes.
Technology Interaction of Storage Systems
explores the storage technology in a wider context to make the SCCER more powerful. Questions of technology interaction is part of the research, covering a wide range of aspects from socio-economical aspects to system integration and modeling.
The development of advanced catalysts for CO2 reduction
(catalytic and electrocatalytic) aiming at an efficiency of >30% and with a selectivity of >60% for syngas/hydro-carbons is planned.

If you want to learn more about us, or if you are interest in a collaboration within our activity area, we look forward to your email (info(at)sccer-hae.ch) or call. A brochure of the SCCER Heat and Electrictiy Storage can be donwloaded here in German or English .


Our Annual Report 2015 is available now.
It can be obtained in resolution for print and for reading in the web.
A printed version is available also upon request.
Heat Storage Development for the NRP 70project "Electricity storage via adiabatic air compression". Watch the Video shown at the 10thSwiss Energy Research Conference 14–15 April 2016, KKL Lucerne!


From the Lab to the Market,
The 5th SCCER Heat & Electricity Storage and 33rd PSI Electrochemistry Symposium

May 9-10, 2017: Villigen PSI, Switzerland
The first day covers the range of energy storage in general, presented by experts from academia and industry with sessions on:
- Heat storage.
- Battery technology.
- Hydrogen production and storage.
- Catalytical and electrocatalytical CO2 reduction. - Assessment of Storage Systems.
Here a special focus is set on Entrepreneurship and Startups. CTI Entrepreneurship and Switzerland Innovation presents their support activities for start-ups together with two young enterprises active in the field of energy. The second day is dedicated to the energy storage solutions electrochemistry can offer with a focus on the scale-up relevant questions to bring a good idea from the lab to the market. In light of this context, we would like to invite you to this double symposium.
Details of the symposium and registration (till May 1, 2017) can be found here.