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WSL Magazine Diagonal No. 2/16

Diagonal 16/2 Cover en
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No more nuclear: what are the next steps?

A future without nuclear power and less greenhouse gases: the energy transition promises a more sustainable future. But can Switzerland meet its needs with alternative energy sources? And will their development bring about unwanted side-effects for both man and nature? WSL’s Energy Change Impact research program sets out to answer these questions.

Storys

  • WHAT KIND OF ENERGY TRANSITION DO WE WANT?
    In order to phase out nuclear power, Switzerland will need to completely revamp its energy system. The WSL is researching the opportunities and risks associated with this long-term project.
  • ONE-TWO
    Rolf Iten, Managing Partner of the consulting firm Infras: “We don't yet know how to integrate the energy transition into society and the economy.”
  • BIOMASS FOR THE SWISS ENERGY TRANSITION
    WSL is researching the energy potential of both woody and non-woody biomass.
  • RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR THE FUTURE
    Generating wind and solar energy requires a lot of space. While there may be conflicts involved, there are also plenty of opportunities.

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The object: Seed kilning barrel (movie)

SnowMicroPen WSL harvests and kilns forest seed material, and operates the national seed agency, which offers seed material to forestry enterprises and tree nurseries. In a refrigerated storage room, WSL stores up to 60-year-old Norway spruce seeds from a variety of origins, as well as seed material from a further 50 tree species and shrubs.
How WSL research is contributing to the energy transition
Energy

Switzerland has decided to phase out nuclear energy while also cutting its CO2 emissions with a view to achieving its climate goals. This calls for a thorough restructuring of the energy system, which will have consequences for society and the environment.

Available languages: German  English  French  Italian 

Key topics

Forests

  • Oak or oak? Genetics assists with species identification
  • Are beech trees from inner alpine dry valleys adapted to drought?

Biodiversity

  • Remote sensing enables comprehensive analysis of forest structures and biodiversity
  • Using ultrasonic sensors to ‘hear’ plants grow

Landscapes

  • What municipalities are doing to counter urban sprawl
  • Monoplotting: Using photography to record landscape changes
  • The 3D structure of woody vegetation – accessible thanks to a new tool

Natural hazards

  • The effectiveness of plants as slope stabilizers
  • How great is the risk of avalanche fatalities on snow tours?

Snow and ice

  • Less water is now stored in the Alps in the form of snow
  • Influencing freerider behavior with role models

Portraits

Doris Schneider, chemistry lab technician

Anil Yildiz, civil engineer

Fabian Wolfsperger, sports engineer

 

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