New study on the potential role of hydrogen in the future Swiss electricity system.

Hydrogen and e-fuels and their potential role in future energy systems are hotly debated topics. Using The modelling platform Nexus-e, a team of researchers at the Energy Science Center at ETH has looked at the potential role of imported or domestic hydrogen or e-methane for the Swiss electricity system.
Solar panels on roof at sundown.

New scenarios based on cooperation with Energy Infrastructure Partners

Energy Infrastructure Partners and the Energy Science Center at ETH Zurich have signed a research collaboration. In this collaboration, EIP and ESC under the lead of Dr. Marius Schwarz have developed scenarios for the future of Switzerland’s electricity system and tested several shock scenarios. Results show that reducing grid transfer capacities to 30 percent in 2050 as an unforeseen shock or drastically reducing the availability of nuclear power plants in France as the same type of shock does not result in supply issues. Only the scenario forcing Switzerland to keep a balanced winter trade balance results in supply issues.

Solar PV will be a key technology of the Swiss energy transition according to new model intercomparison study

Models are valuable tools to assess potential future pathways of the energy transition. Such models can diverge in their objective functions, data inputs and assumptions. Multi-model analyses can provide important insight into such divergences and similarities and provide more robust assessments. In a recent study, we have compared Nexus-e, EXPANSE and OREES, three electricity system…

Nexus-e welcomes Desiree de Ferrars as new MSc Student

Désirée is currently a MSc student in Environmental Sciences at ETH Zurich. She will conduct her Master’s thesis on “The role of solar photovoltaics in the alps for the Swiss electricity system”.

Her analysis will focus on conducting literature and developing GIS datasets. Also including alpine PV in the Nexus-e databare will be part of her Master’s Thesis.

Check out our contribution to the October edition of the VSE Bulletin!

(in German only) Mit dem russischen Einmarsch in die Ukraine wurde klar, wie abhängig die Energie­versor­gungs­sicherheit der Schweiz von den Entwick­lungen im Ausland ist. Um diese Abhängig­keit zu redu­zieren, sind diverse technische, politische, regula­torische und gesell­schaftliche Mass­nahmen nötig. Ein Energie­system­modell berück­sichtigt diese nun.  Link to the article!

Arijit joins the Nexus-e team!

The Nexus-e team is very proud and pleased to welcome a new team member! Arijit Upadhyay joined the Energy Science Center (ETH Zurich) in July 2022 as a scientific assistant. He is working on scenario developments for various projects at ESC and collaborating toward making the Nexus-e platform open source. Previously he obtained a Master’s degree…

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…