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. "The roughly 5,000 American visitors who came in search of new technology for their manufacturing plants and energy systems are sure to have found what they were looking for here in Hannover, and to have made a lot of valuable new acquaintances along the way," remarked Köckler. With 6,000 visitors coming from China, the People’s Republic once again topped the list among foreign nations, second only to Germany as the host country. The visitor tally for the rest of Europe was 30,000.
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.
Special Chimia issue open access on line!
Bulletin on-line
Energiespeicher in der Forschung
Erforschung neuer Technologien in der Schweiz,Thomas J. Schmidt und Jörg Roth: zum Fachartikel
Radio Fribourg January 20, 2015:
Interview with Prof. Dr. Katharina Fromm, Uni Fribourg on Battery technology. Listen
in German or French
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!


SCCER CREST - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

This is a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) lectured by two professors of University of Basel that are part of SCCER CREST on the topic of Exploring Possible Futures: Modeling in Environmental and Energy Economics Lecturers: Prof. Krysiak, Head of SCCER CREST and Prof. Weigt, Task Coordinator 3.2.). Find more information here

Lecture: Ab initio calculations on intercalation materials for Li-ions batteries
25. May 2016: PSI, Switzerland
Structural changes such as fatigue, structural disordering, reconstruction and metal ion dissolution lead to capacity fade in cathode materials used in Li-ion batteries. They are particularly pronounced in materials such as Li2MnO4. For other potentially interesting cathode material candidates, such as high voltage spinels (e.g. LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4), these processes can cause side reactions and thus forbid their use in commercial batteries. In order to develop novel intercalation cathodes but also to increase the lifetime of conventional cathode materials, it is especially interesting to minimize the extent of these side reactions e.g. through substitutions. Substitutions are not always possible due to phase stability regions or may have sometimes unexpected effects.
Find more information in the flyer.

Gender Differences and Similarities in Science and Math
25. May 2016: ETHZ, Switzerland
The Equal Team ETHZ invites members of ETH to the event «Gender Differences and Similarities in Science and Math». There will be a lecture with subsequent discussion with Diane F. Halpern. For the discussion, a preparation of two texts is required (see below). All ETH Zurich students and employees from all different levels of the academic career are welcome to participate. Diane F. Halpern is Dean of Social Sciences at Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. She has won many awards for her teaching and research. Diane was president of the American Psychological Association in 2004 and is a past president of the Society for Teaching of Psychology. Further information can be found on the flyer.
Please sign up here by 23th of May.
The texts for the preparation of the discussion can be found here: text1, text2.
Places are limited. Registrations will be considered until places are filled.

Eurotech PhD Summer School
6-17. June 2016: EPFL, Lausanne
The broad energy landscape, and several advanced topics related to systems for efficient energy exchange will be introduced.
The program includes an excursion and a full day reserved for prominent industrial speakers in the energy business. the learning outcome will be consolidated through mini projects.
Find more information in the flyer.

Energy Storage in Batteries: Materials, Systems, and Manufacturing SCCER Summer School
11-15 July, 2016: Möschberg, Switzerland
With 14 academic and industrial speakers from Switzerland and Germany, the summer school provides a compact and interdisciplinary overview on major aspects of lithium-ion battery research.
more information see the flyer or visit the conference website. The number of participants is limited to 30, the fee of 500 CHF covers board, lodging and teaching documents.
A formal call for application will be issued in February 2016. Please find some more information here

International Summer School on CO2 Conversion: From Fundamentals towards Applications
29. August - 2. September 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.

PhD summer school on system models in life cycle assessment
5-9 September 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

4th SCCER Heat & Electricity Storage Symposium
October 24, 2016: Switzerland
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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