Brand new Nexus-e scenarios available and in the ETH Zukunftsblog
The scenario results based on the recently finished CH2040 project, a collaboration with Prof. Patt's group for climate policy, are now available online. You can find the final project report, a link to the visualized scenario results, and Prof. Patt's contribution to the ETH Zukunftsblog on our CH2040 project page
To the CH2040 project page
New team member!
Nexus-e welcomes Desiree de Ferrars as new MSc Student
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New article in VSE Bulletin
How dependent is the Swiss energy transition on developments abroad? Check out our new article!
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Brand new open positions!
#1 We are looking for a research assistant (80-100%) to bring our database using open energy data to the next level. # 2-4 we offer three new master theses on security of supply, alpine PV, and nuclear power.
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Can solar PV in the alps help Switzerland’s energy transition?
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Prof. Gabriela Hug presents new Nexus-e scenarios at Energy Week
Last week, Prof. Gabriela Hug presented the new scenarios that we developed using the Nexus-e platform at the Energy Week 2021. On the topic “Climate Neutral Switzerland 2050: What Energy System Do We Need?” Gaby – project lead of Nexus-e – highlighted three key learnings
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Andre Bardow joins Nexus-e as PI
Prof. Andre Bardow, full professor for Energy and Process Systems Engineering, joins the Nexus-e team as a Principle Investigator (PI). Andre and his team bring in their rich expertise in energy system modeling and optimization.
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Brand new open positions in Nexus-e!

Master thesis on the role of alpine solar photovoltaics in Switzerland (PDF, 117 KB)

Master thesis on assessing the security of electricity supply in Switzerland (PDF, 117 KB)

Master thesis on re-assessing the impact of new nuclear power plants on the Swiss energy system (PDF, 121 KB

Research Assistant (80-100%) on open data for energy systems modeling (PDF, 155 KB)

New paper published in Applied Energy

In this paper, we show the value of connecting models for assessing the transition of electricity systems until 2050.

  • We present the modeling platform Nexus-e in detail.
  • Nexus-e integrates top-down and bottom-up models of the energy-economic system.
  • Nexus-e assesses the coordinated investments in centralized and distributed resources.
  • Nexus-e allows to analyze the impact of changes in the an electric power system on grid security.
  • We show the benefits and limitations of the loops and interfaces within Nexus-e.

Nexus-e is an interconnected energy system modeling platform which aims to facilitate the energy transition in Switzerland by serving as a modeling infrastructure for researchers, students, and industry partners.

Using the Nexus-e platform, we develop pathways for the Swiss energy system and analyze the impact of technological, economic, regulatory, and societal developments.

The Nexus-e platform aims to

  • represent the whole energy system at regional and national scales,
  • combine strengths of top-down and bottom-up modeling approaches to account for complexity and multidisciplinarity in the energy system,
  • be a platform with a modular structure, well-defined interfaces, and transparent assumptions,
  • provide an infrastructure that is continuously used, extended, and improved by researchers from ETH Zurich, other institutions, and industry partners,
  • inform private and public stakeholders on topics concerning the energy transition to support public engagement.

With a current focus on electricity, the Nexus-e platform will include more components of the energy system, including energy supply and use, for example, related to buildings, transportation, or environmental impacts.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Energy Strategy Reviews

Challenges and opportunities on linking models based on their capabilities and limitations.

Power Systems Computation Conference

Transmission network reduction method using nonlinear optimization.

International European Safety and Reliability Conference

Calibration of cascading failure simulation models for power system risk assessment.