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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.

The long term vision of our consortium is illustrated in the innovation chart.
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 .