Newsletter No. 1 - SCCER Heat and Electricity Storage


This is incredibly ambitious - Interview with Tom Kober

Every three years, the World Energy Council explores possible developments of the global energy system under different scenarios. Tom Kober, head of the Energy Economics Group at PSI and one of the lead authors of the study, explains what the individual projections mean and how global warming could be mitigated.
(click above title to read the complete interview)


Dossier: Wasserstoff der Energieträger der Zukunft?

The latest issue of "gazette", the magazine of VSG (Verband der Schweizerischen Gasindustrie), is dedicated to hydrogen and presents latest facts and figures around the topic (in German). The pdf is available online.



Energie-Apéro: Städte in Transformation - Wärme und Kälte CO2-frei

October, 15/17/22, 2019, Baden/Lenzburg/Buchs AG

Heat and cool, free of CO2 emissions. The communities take stock: What is the situation today, what is the concept, what are the targets and what is to be done to reach the targets. - Baden, Lenzburg or Buchs AG (depending on event location) present their road maps towards the future heat/cold provision and use.

Please register, if interested. The events are quite popular, a few places are still available.
Registration and further information can be found on the website.


SCCER FURIES Annual Conference 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019, Kultur & Kongresshaus, Aarau

This event will bring together 180 experts on smart grids from the academic, private and public sector in Switzerland. Participants will have the opportunity to get insights on the research on smart grids in Switzerland; meet the experts behind innovation products/solutions; and explore potentials for new collaborations.
Registrations are free of charge but places are limited. If you are interested in attending please fill in the this form.


Energiezukunft: Lösungen aus dem Aargau

Thursday, October 24, 2019, Hightech Zentrum Aargau, Brugg

In German language: Are you interested in the future of energy and in the contribution of Aargau's industry to this future? 12 enterprises from canton of Aargau introduce their products for the future energy system. Get inspired to become an entrepreneur!

Prof. Dr. Christophe Ballif (CSEM/EPFL) presents the latest developments and trends in photovoltaics in his key-note. Ballif was awarded with the Becquerel-award in 2016 for extraordinary achievements in photovoltaics.<br>
Find more information on the webpage.


Energy Startup Day 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019, Technopark, Zurich

The Energy Startup Day 2019 is a yearly event connecting innovative Swiss Startups to incumbent companies, public institutions, investors and new actors to foster relationships, collaboration and investments. This year's event includes a poster session of the startups, silent pitching, 1:1 meetings for potential collaborations, investor speed dating, inspiring keynotes and a podium discussion with focus on mobility and smart buildings.

More infos on the webpage.


8th SCCER Heat and Electricity Storage Symposium

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Empa, Dübendorf

The SCCER Heat- and Electricity Storage and the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP), Material and Component Development for Thermal Energy Storage, Annex 33 invites to its joint Symposium.
The program of the morning session covers the aspects of heat storage and is closely linked with IEA TCP, Annex 33. In the afternoon, the focus is set on storage of hydrogen, conversion of CO2 as well as on batteries.

The speakers of the day are:

Teun Bokhoven, Chair of the IEA Energy Storage TCP Executive Committee Chair of TKI Urban Energy (NL)
Christian Doetsch, Fraunhofer Umsicht (D)
Tom Kober, PSI (CH)
Andreas Hauer, ZAE (D)
Luca Baldini, Empa (CH)
Michel Haller, HSR (CH)
Heena Yang, EPFL (CH)
María de Jesús Gálvez Vázquez, UniBe (CH)
Andreas Gut, Innosuisse (CH)
Michael Moser, BFE (CH)
Xiaojin Zhang, PSI (CH)
Vincent Pelé, SAFT (CH)

The highlight at the end of the day is a variety of excursions being offered. There are four choices: a tour through NEST, the Energy Hub Demonstrator, move, and on the topic of Urban Mining.

Please register here by latest October 22, 2019.


Energie-Apéro: Power to Gas - Energieträger H2 oder CH4?

November, 19/20/26, 2019, Baden/Zofingen/Buchs AG

In German language: "Power to Gas" summarizes a type of technology to make renewable electricity accessible by the means of gaseous fuel. Thereby it helps to make the heat and the transportation sector more climate friendly. This event concentrates on hydrogen and methane sourced from biological methanation.

Registration and further information can be found on the website.


Forum für Wissen 2019: Schweiz erneuerbar!

Monday, November 21, 2019, WSL, Birmensdorf

In German language: Switzerland can manage the energy turnaround. Switzerland has not only sufficient renewable resources, but also the latest technologies and the required know-how. What keeps Helvetia from acting?? (See the video in German)

Renewable, reliable and local at its best: The Swiss future energy system. Hardly anybody denies that an increasing utilisation of resources like water, biomass, wind and sun is beneficial, not only for the climate. The new technologies, or resource utilisation, being beneficial, innovative and green at the first glance, have side effects as well. These are under investigation in various projects by the WSL research program "Energy Change Impact".

More information can be found here.


The Coal Challenge: Climate Change, Employment, and Energy Politics

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, WWZ, University of Basel, Basel

Please click here for further information.


Treibstoffe aus erneuerbaren Energien
Dekarbonisierung von Strassenverkehr, Luft- und Schifffahrt - eine Utopie?

Thursday, January 30, 2020, ETHZ, Zurich

In German language: Via synthetic fuels, (H2, methane, gasoline, diesel, kerosene), produced with renewable energies, the CO2 emissions in the transportation sector can be reduced without investments in distribution infrastructure.

For certain cases, like passenger planes, marine vessels and long distance road transportation, this is, besides of efficiency increase, the only effective way to reduce CO2 emissions. Similar applies to passenger cars, while there are alternatives like electrification and hybridisation, better suited for short- to medium distances. Synthetic fuels can act as long-term storage and enable the shift of wind- and solar energy to the cold and calm months in winter.

Asides from the efficiency for synthesis and total system efficiency of the life cycle, the question of economic efficiency is relevant. What is the effect of CO2 emission reduction per buck, what are the cost of production and how does the cost compare to other measures, like additional electric power for battery electric vehicles from PV? Are there other alternatives to de-carbonize transportation?

Save the date (January 30, 2020 at 13.30-17.30 at ETH Zurich) for the event and the following apéro to discuss with experts from science, industry, governmental agencies and the interested public, in the context of "Fuels from renewable energies". The detailed program will follow in fall, the event is complimentary.