This year, the SCCER heat and electricity storage presented the research at the Hannover Fair as part of the Swiss Pavilion.
HANNOVER MESSE attracted over 190,000 visitors (up from 175,000 in 2014 as the last event of comparable scope) intent on future-proofing their operations and investing in state-of-the-art technology. More than 50,000 of them came from abroad – an increase of some 25 percent over 2014. Attendance from the USA and China soared to record heights.
Press Release from Hannover Messe

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 2016 with a perspective of a second period 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!


novatlantis Bauforum Zürich 2016
August 25, 2016: Zürich, Schweiz
Lohnen sich Investitionen in nachhaltiges Bauen und hält die Gebäudeeffizienz im Betrieb, was die Planung verspricht? Diesen und anderen Fragen rund um das Thema Erfolgskontrolle nachhaltiges Bauen geht das novatlantis Bauforum Zürich nach. In einem ersten thematischen Fokus präsentieren Expertinnen und Experten aus der Immobilienbranche ihre Erfahrungen mit erfolgreichen, nachhaltigen Investitionen. Die Erfolgskontrolle im Betrieb ist zweiter Themenschwerpunkt und beleuchtet an konkreten Beispielen die Herausforderung, Energieeffizienzziele nachhaltiger Bauten im Betrieb zu erreichen. Weitere Infos und Anmeldung hier.

International Summer School on CO2 Conversion: From Fundamentals towards Applications
August 29 to September 2, 2016:
Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland

This summer school aims to provide an overview about the status quo on the current CO2 research. Not only fundamentals of CO2 conversion taking place at both solid/gas and solid/liquid interfaces shall be discussed, but also concepts of how to implement CO2 capture and conversion technologies into industrial applications. For more information see the flyer or visit the conference website.

European Crystallography Meeting ECM-30
August 30 to September 2, 2016:
Basel, Switzerland

It is our pleasure to invite you to the European Crystallography Meeting ECM-30 to be held in Basel at the end of August 2016. A couple of microsymposia might be highly interesting to you. For each microsymposium, there is also an accompanying poster session. For more details, please visit the website.

3rd SCCER CREST Conference on Innovations for the Energy Transition 2016
September 1, 2016: Winterthur, Switzerland
The SCCER CREST contributes to innovation in business models, consumer interventions, policies and regulations. In keynote speeches, parallel sessions, poster sessions and a panel discussion, we will present and discuss CREST’s contribution to these innovations with a focus on answering the question of which steps are needed before these innovations will be successfully implemented into our energy system.
Costs: 200 CHF; Free of cost for SCCER members until July 15, 2016, please register here.
For further information please see the flyer.

Tagung Sozialwissenschaften und Praxis im Dialog: Energieeffiziente Haushalte
September 2, 2016: Winterthur, Switzerland
This conference is in cooperation with Energieforschung Stadt Zürich, NFP 71 Steuerung des Energieverbrauchs and SFOE. It aims to demonstrate how the energy consumption in households can be decreased. Speeches in four parallel sessions will discuss the focus topic from different perspectives.
Costs: 200 CHF; Please register here.
For further information please see the flyer.

PhD summer school on system models in life cycle assessment
September 5-9, 2016: Grosshöchstetten, Switzerland
We are pleased to announce a summer school on system models in life cycle assessment. The following questions will be investigated:
- How do we decide that markets in a certain region or substantially different from or similar to markets in other areas? - How can we better understand the local impacts of certain emissions with a global spatial scale? - Given our available data, is it more scientifically meaningful to take marginal or average producers of a good? - How do we allocate credit or blame to processes with multiple useful outputs, or to the production of a waste which can be transformed into a useful resource?
For more information take a look at the flyer

Biomass for Swiss Energy Future Conference 2016
September 7, 2016: Brugg, Switzerland
An attractive program with excellent speakers has been compiled with the following main topics
- Paving the ground for bioenergy in Switzerland: Synthesis 2014-2016
- Innovations in biomass combustion
- Challenges in bringing bioenergy technologies to the market.
This interesting mix of topics is addressed to participants from academia, industry, federal offices, politics and interested persons from the general public.
For further information please see Flyer

19. Status-Seminar, SCCER FEEB&D
September 8-9, 2016: Zuerich, Switzerland
The biennial conference Status-Seminar at the ETH Zurich provides a synoptic of Swiss research and development activities in the field of urban and rural settlements as well as building architecture and technology. There is a focus on environment and energy issues. The audience comprises professionals, researchers and authorities in the field of research, development, industry, architecture and engineering. The two days conference hosts some 230 attendees in plenum-, thematic- and poster-sessions. The Swiss Building and Renewable Energies Network of Technology, brenet, is the organizer of the conference.
The SCCER FEEB&D will present its various research activities in the poster and oral sessions at the 19th Status-Seminar on 8-9 September 2016.
More information will be available here.

SCCER-SoE Annual Conference 2016
September 12-13, 2016: Sion, Switzerland
The third SCCER-SoE Annual Conference will be devoted to hydropower on the first day and to geo-energy on the second day. During presentations, discussions and poster sessions ongoing SCCER-SoE projects and prospects of future energy research in Switzerland will be highlighted. In addition, key representatives from politics, industry, and federal offices will illustrate their views on the future of hydropower and geo-energy in Switzerland. For further information please see the SoE web page.

Swiss ECS 2016
September 13-14, 2016: Bern, Switzerland
The 10th instalment of the Swiss Energy and Climate Summit will cast its eyes to the future and deliver concrete answers. The motto of this year’s event is “Building Tomorrow”.
For further information please see the Swiss ECS web page.

SCCER-Mobility Annual Conference 2016
September 16, 2016: Zuerich, Switzerland
Confirmed key note speakers are:
Dr. Jari Kauppila, International Transport Forum at the OECD, Paris
Karin Tausz, SBB AG, Bern, Leitung Programm Selbstfahrende Fahrzeuge (SFF)
Final Program and registration details will follow soon. Please check the web page.

SCCER-EIP Annual Conference 2016
September 20, 2016: Basel, Switzerland
This year’s SCCER EIP Annual Conference will be organized as special session at the ILMAC 2016. There will be several presentations, a booth with posters and information material of SCCER.
For further information please see the ilmac web page.

4th SCCER Heat & Electricity Storage Symposium
October 24, 2016: Lucern, Switzerland
Save the Date!

The 1st Basel Sustainability Forum: Energy
October 14, 2016: Aula, Kollegienhaus, Petersplatz 1, University of Basel, Switzerland
The 1st Basel Sustainability Forum focuses on the relations between energy and sustainability. It is aimed at sensitizing an interested general public on new developments in energy transfer from scientific, consumer, and business perspectives. Topics to be covered at this event are the potential of artificial photosynthesis (Prof. Constable), the influence of climate change on access to renewable energy in France and the Upper Rhine region (Dr. Grégoire), coordination efforts of the Chamber of Commerce in France to share energy-efficient technology advances among businesses in the Alsace (Mr. Goetz), energy-related personal consumption patterns in Switzerland (Prof. Burger), and the economics of energy (Prof. Krysiak). Please register here.

Swiss Symposium and Summer School 2016: Solar Light to Chemical Energy Conversion
October 27, 2016: Les Diablerets, Switzerland
Our objectives are the discovery and development of new molecules, materials and processes for the direct storage of solar light energy into chemical bonds (solar fuels).
The deadline for registration to our symposium and summer school on solar light to chemical energy conversion is extended until 19.6.16.
Register here.

How to write a Competitive Proposal for Horizon 2020
November 9, 2016: Villigen PSI, Switzerland
This course offers an excellent chance for the PSI-Fellow postdocs as well as for many other researchers to get familiar with the EU framework program Horizon 2020.
The aim of this course is to train researchers and research managers in writing professional and competitive proposals for the Horizon 2020 (EU Framework Program). The course describes the relevance of Horizon 2020 to EU policies, the common problems in proposal writing and the success criteria for proposals. The course provides tips on how to collect information, how to select strategic partners and how to develop a strategy for proposal writing. processes with multiple useful outputs, or to the production of a waste which can be transformed into a useful resource? For details take a look at the flyer

'"Women and Leadership in Academia"
November 14, 2016: Zuerich, Switzerland
This half-day conference brings together researchers, policy-makers and university leaders from Switzerland, Europe and beyond to consider how to move toward parity in leadership. For more information and online registration, please visit the web page

2016 Stakeholder Forum and Programme Review Days of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen
November 21 - 22, 2016: Brussels, Belgium
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) is very pleased to invite you to its 9th Stakeholder Forum. More than 350 participants from the European Industry and Research communities together with decision-makers will attend the FCH JU annual event.
For further information please see the web page.

SCCER-FURIES Annual Conference 2016
December 2, 2016: Lausanne, Switzerland
The Annual Conference of the SCCER FURIES will take place in December at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne. Please save the date and further information will follow in due time.
For further information please see the Furies events web page.