WSL Magazine Diagonal No. 2/16
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.
- 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.
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.
The object: Seed kilning barrel (movie)
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.
- Oak or oak? Genetics assists with species identification
- Are beech trees from inner alpine dry valleys adapted to drought?
- Remote sensing enables comprehensive analysis of forest structures and biodiversity
- Using ultrasonic sensors to ‘hear’ plants grow
- 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
- 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
Doris Schneider, chemistry lab technician
Anil Yildiz, civil engineer
Fabian Wolfsperger, sports engineer