Renewable Energies

12. February 2013

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Joint venture in the bioenergy and resource efficiency sector: PSI and FHNW establish joint institute

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The Institute of Biomass and Resource Efficiency was founded by the two institutions, PSI (Paul Scherrer Institute) and FHNW (University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland), at the start of 2013. The aim of this new institute is to tackle the issue of resource efficiency throughout Switzerland, concentrating simultaneously on energy and material for the first time, and to thus make a significant contribution to the Federal Government’s "Energy Strategy 2050". The focus is on the sustainable use of biomass.

20. September 2011

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«Facettenauge» liefert Strom

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«swisselectric research award 2011»
Kostengünstiger Strom aus Sonnenenergie: Der Maschinenbauingenieur Illias Hischier hat einen Sonnenstrahlempfänger entwickelt, der die aufgenommene Energie über eine Gasturbine für die hocheffiziente Stromerzeugung nutzt. Hischier hat den Empfänger als Doktorand an der ETH Zürich in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Labor für Solartechnik am Paul Scherrer Institut entwickelt. Er erhält dafür den «swisselectric research award 2011».
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4. January 2011

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Benzin aus Wasser, CO2 und Sonnenlicht

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Einem Forschungsteam um Aldo Steinfeld ist es gelungen, mit Solarenergie aus Wasser und Kohlendioxid Treibstoff zu erzeugen. Dazu haben die Wissenschaftler einen Solar-Reaktor entwickelt, in dem konzentrierte Sonnenstrahlung das dafür nötige thermochemische Verfahren antreibt.
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1. December 2009

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Producing Synthetic Natural Gas from Wood

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PSI researchers are investigating methods for converting wood waste into synthetic natural gas that could be fed into the public gas grid. Switzerland has enough wood available to cover several percent of its total energy requirements. Energy production from wood is CO2-neutral, due to the fact the CO2 formed during combustion would otherwise be released when the wood rotted down. Unlike the direct combustion of wood, however, use of this synthetic gas produces no harmful particulate matter.

23. July 2009

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Fuels from solar energy

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Solar researcher Aldo Steinfeld, Laboratory Head at PSI and Professor at ETH Zurich, wins the Yellot Award awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his research on renewable energy.
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8. January 2009

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In Zukunft kommt das Brennholz aus der Gasleitung

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Forschende des Paul Scherrer Instituts (PSI) haben mit Kollegen der TU Wien ein Verfahren entwickelt, mit dem man Erdgas aus Holz erzeugen kann. An einer Testanlage wurde das Verfahren im technischen Massstab erfolgreich erprobt. Für Ihre Arbeit erhalten die PSI-Forschenden am 8. Januar die Auszeichnung Watt d'Or.
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