Alternatives to the prevailing PV policies in Switzerland

Electricity generated from rooftop photovoltaics systems have the largest renewable potential in Switzerland and are expected to contribute substantially to the future Swiss electricity mix. However, so far, these systems are behind their expectations, which is why an update of PV policies is discussed. In this project, we investigate an alternative to the prevailing support scheme. What we call the “customer-oriented feed-in tariff” remunerates solar electricity injected to the grid with a percentage of the retail electricity price, the price electricity customers are paying for electricity consumption.

Can solar PV in the alps help Switzerland’s energy transition?

Dr. Marius Schwarz contributed to the study “Alpenstrom jetzt!”, in which four researchers from different fields outline their perspective on alpine PV in Switzerland. Photovoltaic (PVA) systems in alpine areas could make an important contribution to building-up of domestic winter electricity production, which is crucial for the security of electricity supply in Switzerland. Alpine PV generate significantly more…

Maria joins the Nexus-e team!

The Nexus-e team is very proud and pleased to welcome a new team member! María Parajeles is a doctoral researcher at Power Systems Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Gabriela Hug. She obtained her master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Futures in 2021 from Imperial College London. Her research now focuses on the transportation sector electrification and…

Check out our open positions for master thesis and semester projects!

At Nexus-e, we are looking for excellent students who are highly motivated and are able to work independently on  🔌The security of electricity supply in Switzerland (PDF, 128 KB) ⛄The role of alpine solar photovoltaics (PDF, 128 KB) Are you interested? Please send your CV, a short letter of motivation (max. one page), and transcripts…

Dr. Marius Schwarz outlines the impact of neighboring countries on the Swiss energy transition – check out the insights in our interactive results viewer!

At this year’s Energy Research Talks Disentis 2022, Dr. Marius Schwarz addressed the question of how dependent is the Swiss energy transition on developments in its neighboring countries? Check out the scenarios in our interactive results viewer! The three key statements: Expansion targets for new renewable energies (i.e., solar, wind, biomass) are not achieved in…

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: Solar power is responsible for by far the largest addition…

Two new researchers joined the Nexus-e project

The Nexus-e team is very pleased to welcome Ludger Leenders and Mengshuo Jia as new members. Ludger Leenders will be responsible for the integration of SecMOD into the Nexus-e framework. Mengshuo Jia will bring in his expertise in power flow modeling.  Ludger Leenders studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University in Germany specializing in energy engineering. He…

Nexus-e annual strategy meeting 2021: Clear roadmap for the future

With the second annual strategy meeting, the Nexus-e team concluded the past fruitful year and discussed questions that are key for the future direction of Nexus-e. In a hybrid format with members joining online and in-person, the team decided that Nexus-e is more than “just” 5 interlinked models but should also act as a modeling…

SWEET EDGE

The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) launched the funding programme SWEET in 2020 to boost innovative approaches towards implementing Switzerland’s Energy Strategy 2050. Nexus-s will on of the three models leveraged in SWEET EDGE – Enabling Decentralized renewable GEneration in the Swiss cities, midlands, and the Alps – to develop scenarios for the Swiss energy transition.