The ESC takes a proactive role in energy research at ETH Zurich with the goal of promoting cross-cutting, inter-departamental and inter-disciplinary research projects.
Below is a list of inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary projects tackling cross-cutting themes currently under the co-ordination of the ESC.
Other Research Projects
Current research projects of the ESC members are highlighted in our Weekly Spotlight on Energy Research.
Also, the ESC is directly involved in the following research projects:
SET-Nav - Navigating the Roadmap for Clean, Secure and Efficient Energy Innovation is co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme.
The project intends to support strategic decision making in Europe's energy sector, enhancing innovation towards a clean, secure and efficient energy system. The project will produce contributions along three dimensions: the development of a modelling portfolio for decision making in the energy sector, the analysis of the impact of multiple future paths and policies, and the development of stakeholder dialogue and dissemination. The project is implemented by a consortium of academic, research and industry partners from Austria, Germany, Norway, France, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
Through the development of the Nexus Energy System Model, the Energy Science Center and the Laboratory of Reliability and Risk Engineering (Prof. Giovanni Sansavini) are providing the “System Security” perspective. Nexus security module focuses on assessing the energy system performance in terms of resilience and vulnerability by identifying critical energy system operational states.
Find more information on the project webpage (http://www.set-nav.eu/ )
Previous ESC Research Projects
No fossil fuels used for heating or hot water in an entire village – that is the ambitious goal of the Zernez Energia 2020 research project.
Located in the Engadine, Zernez has set the goal of using only renewable sources to meet its energy requirements for buildings in the municipality, thus reducing CO2 emissions to zero (read the article in German by ETH professor Arno Schlüter on the Zukunftsblog – German). The project, Zernez Energia 2020, is supported by the Swiss federal government. An interdisciplinary team from ETH Zurich in the fields of urban design, building systems, construction physics, energy research and ecological system design are closely involved in the project. These researchers analysed the feasibility of the project and presented the initial findings in an exhibition in Zernez in the summer of 2014. The conclusion is that essentially the ambitious goal is possible and will not compromise the townscape, though perhaps not before 2020.
To reduce energy consumption, the researchers have proposed measures including the refurbishment of buildings and converting oil heaters and electric heating to district heating from the municipality’s woodchip heating system and to heat pumps. This transformation depends heavily on the active participation of house owners. “These measures can greatly reduce CO2 emissions, but not completely to zero,” says Michael Wagner, project manager and colleague of Kees Christiaanse, Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zurich.
Find more information on the project webpage (German).