Energy research labs
ESI Platform – new pathways to the energy system of the future
A new visitor’s station offers a playful approach to making this complex subject matter easy to understand. It tells the story of a Swiss town that makes the change from a conventional energy supply to one with new renewable energy sources.
Mobility in the future
Fuel cells convert hydrogen energy into electrical energy. Built into a car and combined with an electric engine, hydrogen is the only exhaust gas - this means the car is emission free. To ensure that fuel cells can achieve a breakthrough with fuel cells, PSI experts work on increasing the power density and reasonably priced production.
Novel lithium ion batteries are of major interest because of their large storage capacity for purely battery-driven electric vehicles. The weak point of a lithium ion battery is its electrode. It is harmed in the course of constant charge and discharge. The goal is to develop a formulation for batteries which offers a high energy density, as many charge cycles as possible and reasonably priced production.
Energy from biomass
How air pollution influences climate
The safe operation of nuclear facilities and the storage of radioactive waste
PSI has the only hot lab in Switzerland for experiments involving radioactive substances and materials. The focus of the work of the PSI researchers is on measurements and analyses for research, and services for the operators of nuclear power stations. When handling the material, staff use special gripping arms and work behind thick lead glass windows
The hot lab tour is suitable for young people aged 16 and upwards.
PSI scientists look at the reliable cooling of reactors. At the PANDA test facility emergency cooling systems are tested. Simulations and computer models permit, in particular, research on passive safety systems. These do not require any external energy supply.