Nearly 60 percent of Swiss power production is generated by hydropower plants. To ensure that hydropower can make a significant contribution to the transition of the energy sector, it needs to be further expanded and improved. Hydropower does, of course, have a negative impact on the natural functioning of watercourses – there is a need for remediation work in terms of hydropeaking, fish migration and bedload management. We support power plant operators and authorities in their work to meet these challenges.
Our interdisciplinary project teams cover a broad spectrum of expertise in the areas of hydrology, aquatic ecology, hydraulic engineering, environmental planning and water rights, to process design and communications. We offer the following services when it comes to the conflicts of interest between the protection and exploitation of watercourses:
- Hydrological studies and evaluations of discharge regimes: estimation of the usable water volumes, impacts of climate change on discharge conditions, potential analyses and location evaluations
- Support during concession and residual water agreement processes: coordination of the concession agreement process; preparation of environmental impact assessments and residual water reports, water protection and usage plans
- Evaluation of hydropower remediation measures: options’ appraisals, evaluation of remediation measures for hydropeaking, fish migration and bedload management
- Coordination of hydropower remediation measures: support of law enforcement authorities in the monitoring and coordination of various remediation measures and other water resource protection Tasks.
In addition to handling specialist assignments, we also coordinate larger teams of technical experts and ensure that the relevant stakeholders are involved as appropriate, and are kept informed.