The first consortia start the new energy research programme SWEET

Bern, 18.02.2021 - The results have been announced of the first call for proposals in the new energy research programme SWEET (Swiss Energy Research for the Energy Transition). An international panel of experts has awarded the contract to four consortia. The host institutions of these research consortia are ETHZ, EPFL, the University of Geneva and the PSI. Over the next six to eight years, they will work on their research tasks in trans- and interdisciplinary projects.

The first call for proposals in the SWEET energy research programme was entitled 'Integration of renewables into a sustainable and resilient Swiss energy system' (see media release of 25.06.2020). Thirteen consortium projects were submitted, which were rated by two international panels of experts according to the four research challenges. The top four consortia were awarded a contract.

The maximum funding is CHF 8 million for research tasks 1 to 3 and CHF 6 million for research task 4. The research tasks must be approached in a transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary manner. To this end, the consortia draw up portfolios of interrelated projects on which they will work over the next six to eight years.

Research challenge 1: Improve renewable energy system efficiency through flexibility and sector coupling

Host institution: ETHZ
Consortium (without cooperation partners): EMPA, PSI, ZHAW, HSLU, UniGE, EPFL
Name: PATHFNDR - PATHways to an Efficient Future Energy System through Flexibility aND SectoR Coupling
Total budget: CHF 22.2m, of which CHF 8m to be met by SWEET.
Duration: 6 years

Research challenge 2: Integrate decentralised renewable energy supply into the Swiss energy system

Host institution: EPFL
Consortium (without cooperation partners): ETHZ, UniGE, UniBE, HSG, HSLU, ZHAW, BFH, PSI, WSL, SUNWELL, Basler&Hofmann AG
Name: EDGE - Enabling Decentralised renewable GEneration in the Swiss cities, Midlands, and the Alps
Total budget: CHF 21.2m, of which CHF 8m to be met by SWEET.
Duration: 6 years

Research challenge 3: Use of renewable energies for heating and cooling

Host institution: University of Geneva
Consortium (without cooperation partner): EMPA, ETHZ, HSLU, OST, ZHAW, CREM, HEIG-VD, Institute for Sustainability and Democracy Policy, SUPSI
Name: DeCarbCH - Decarbonisation of Cooling and Heating in Switzerland
Total budget: CHF 17.5m, of which CHF 8m to be met by SWEET.
Duration: 8 years.

Research challenge 4: Sustainability at the heart of a resilient Swiss energy system

Host institution: PSI
Consortium (without cooperation partners): ETHZ, EPFL, USI, TEP-Energy, SUPSI, UniBE, UniGE, ZHAW, E3-MODELLINGS.A.
Name: SURE - SUstainable and Resilient Energy for Switzerland
Total budget: CHF 9.1m, of which CHF 6m to be met by SWEET.
Duration: 6 years


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