Past events


Lunch talk series II: ESI platform

On Thursday, 31 March 2022, Christian Peter from PSI presented the Energy System Integration (ESI) platform, a physical experimental demonstrator for testing the technical feasibility of different processes and methods.



Lunch talk series II: Ehub platform

On Thursday, 03 March 2022, Philipp Heer from Empa presented the Ehub platform, a virtualised environment that manages the data flow of the Empa-NEST and -move demonstrators and enables energy management, building control and real-time sector coupling. 



Lunch talk series II: EPFL Smart Grid 

On Thursday, 03 February 2022, Prof. Mario Paolone from EPFL presented the Smart Grid demonstrator, an infrastructure for experimental validation of technologies to be deployed on a large scale for situational awareness and control of power distribution systems.


Event: Team workshop

On Monday, 24 January 2022, the PATHFNDR team held its 1st workshop of the year and brainstormed scenarios, metrics, technologies, pilot and demonstration projects. The next team-wide workshop will be held in the summer of 2022.

“The PATHFNDR team wishes impactful results and collaborative research for 2022!” 


Event: Energy Week @ ETH 2021

The Energy Week 2021 offered a symposium discussing energy scenarios and technologies as well as focus dialogues about seasonal energy storage, sector coupling, hydrogen as energy storage, and automation of power grids.

The event was organised by the Energy Science Center of the ETH Zurich. More information available on:


Lunch talk series I: EXPANSE model

On Thursday, 28 October 2021, Prof. Evelina Trutnevyte from UNIGE presented EXPANSE, a model for assessing cost-optimal and near-optimal energy scenarios. 


Lunch talk series I: CESAR-P tool

On Thursday, 7 October 2021, Kristina Orehounig from Empa presented CESAR-P, a tool for assessing the energy demand of buildings and even entire cities with EnergyPlus as the simulation core.


Event: ReMaP current status and outlook

The event gave an overview of the current status and future outlook of the “Renewable Management and Real-Time Control Platform” (ReMaP) project. More information available on:
The interplay between the distribution network, buildings and mobility as well as different technologies for generating, converting and storing energy were presented. Participants also had the opportunity to visit the Energy System Integration (ESI) platform at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).


Lunch talk series I: SecMOD model

On Thursday, 23 September 2021, David Shu from ETH Zurich and Christiane Reinert from RWTH Aachen presented SecMOD, a model for the optimisation and life-cycle assessment of sector-coupled energy systems.


Lunch talk series: Calliope tool

On Thursday, 8 July 2021, Prof. Stefan Pfenninger from TU Delft presented Calliope, an open-source tool for modelling energy systems from urban districts to entire continents.


Lunch talk series I: Ehub tool

On Thursday, 1 July 2021, Andrew Bollinger from Empa presented Ehub, a tool for planning optimised energy supply solutions for buildings and districts. The spinoff Sympheny, a web application, was also demonstrated.


PATHFNDR kick-off

On Monday, 31 May 2021, the PATHFNDR project successfully kicked-off. Approximately 60 participants from the public and private sectors attended the virtual event. The project team presented the project objectives, expected outcomes and the involved stakeholders.


Lunch talk series I: ReMaP platform

On Thursday, 27 May 2021, Gianfranco Guidati from ETH Zurich presented ReMaP, platform for developing and validating new control concepts and components in a seamless process from a pure software environment – the Simulation framework (SFW) – to a hardware environment – the Control framework (CFW). 


Lunch talk series I: Nexus-e tool 

On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Marius Schwarz from ETH Zurich presented Nexus-e, a tool for modelling interconnected energy systems.

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