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SCCER HaE Summer School

Sunday 30th June @ 8:30 am - Friday 5th July @ 6:30 pm


The energy system faces big challenges in the future. The CO2 footprint of fossil primary energy, and its impact on climate, along with the risks (and costs) of nuclear power supply forbid the business as usual options if the Paris climate targets and the social decline of the (nuclear) risks are respected.

On the contrary, a significant increase in efficiency and the installation of renewable power supplies is required to a large extend. In the EU (28) about 16 000 TWh/a (32MWh/person/a) of site energy need to be replaced/saved by 2050. Since today’s fossil and nuclear systems are operated in a demand driven mode (variable demand), the system can handle only a limited share of fluctuations caused by the supply characteristics of wind and solar power. In order to meet the variable demand with the fluctuating supply, the energy system needs to be highly flexible in the temporal- and spatial dimension. Reinforced electrical grids, energy storage and the coupling of sectors, in combination with the additional capacity of renewable power supply from a climate-friendly and nuclear-free future energy system.

This summer school offers the cutting-edge know-how on energy storage technology from the fundamentals to the applications. Each day is dedicated to a particular field of technology. A comprehensive overview on battery, heat storage, hydrogen, life cycle- and socio- economic aspects as well as “electricity to chemicals” technologies will be provided by experts in the field (not complete):

Prof. Dr. Maksym Kovalenko (ETZH/Empa), Dr. Corsin Battaglia (Empa), Prof. Dr. Petr Novak (PSI/ETHZ), Prof. Dr. Axel Fuerst (BFH); Dr. Andreas Haselbacher (ETHZ), Prof. Sophia Haussener (EPFL); Prof. Dr. Andreas Züttel(EPFL/Empa), Prof. Dr. Hubert Girault (EPFL), Prof. Dr. Gabor Laurenczy (EPFL), Prof. Dr. Kevin Sivula (EPFL), Prof. Dr. Christophe Copéret (ETHZ), Dr. Peter Broekmann (Uni Bern), Prof. Thomas J. Schmidt (PSI), Prof. Dr. Jörg Worlitschek (HSLU) Dr. David Parra (Uni Genf), Prof. Dr. Markus Friedl….

The event is limited to 30 participants with natural science or engineering background at a level of PhD students, or Post- docs from Universities and for Scientific Assistants of Universities of Applied Science.

The days start with the introduction to the scope and scale of the problem, the fundamentals of each technology in focus, show today’s applications and prototype systems, and finally end with a Workshop (see the program).

The school takes place in the scenic surrounding of the Bernese Oberland and high above Lake Thun. The admission fee (600 CHF) covers accommodation, meals and printouts for the entire week.

Further details here.


Sunday 30th June @ 8:30 am
Friday 5th July @ 6:30 pm




Dorint Hotel Blüemlsalp
Hubel 114
Beatenberg, 3803 Switzerland
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