Upcoming events

Lunch talk series IV: Optimising the benefits of PV on buildings 

Photovoltaic (PV) installations on buildings play a crucial role in Switzerland’s efforts to meet decarbonisation targets. However, most studies on PV system design prioritise economic factors and overlook the impact of angle-dependent PV generation, grid carbon intensity and export restrictions on the carbon mitigation potential during operation. Natasa Vulic from Empa will talk about the cost- and emission-optimised orientation and sizing of PV systems for buildings, taking into account the hourly grid carbon intensity and curtailment measures.

Date
Time
Venue

Friday, 28 June 2024
12:00 – 12:45 (20-30 minutes presentation + 15 minutes Q&A)
https://ethz.zoom.us/j/69556143053

Lunch talk series IV: Hydrogen technologies – salt cavern storage

Pascal Häfliger from PSI will talk about the assessment of potential salt cavern sites for bulk-hydrogen-energy storage in Switzerland. These results support the investigation of the flexibility and sector coupling potential of hydrogen in the Swiss energy system.

Date
Time
Venue

Thursday, 18 July 2024
12:00 – 12:45 (20-30 minutes presentation + 15 minutes Q&A)
https://ethz.zoom.us/j/62941368027

Lunch talk series IV: Exploring EV charging patterns, flexibility potential and grid impacts

Driven by global sustainability goals and technological advancements, electric vehicle (EV) adoption is increasing. This necessitates a deeper understanding of EV charging behaviours, their flexibility potentials, and the consequential impacts on the electrical grid. Federica Bellizio from Empa, along with Siobhan Powell and Parajeles Herrera from ETH Zurich, will jointly provide an overview of these aspects.

Date
Time
Venue

Wednesday, 25 September 2024
12:00 – 12:45 (20-30 minutes presentation + 15 minutes Q&A)
https://ethz.zoom.us/j/64680857200

Lunch talk series IV: Design of sites for synthetic methane production with direct air capture

Synthetic methane production is a suitable approach to address the variability of renewable energy sources. It offers both short and long-term storage capabilities, utilises carbon dioxide as a resource and relies on existing and well-established energy infrastructures. However, the design of cost-effective synthetic methane production sites remains a challenge. Gabriele Humbert from Empa will discuss the optimal configuration of such sites with integrated direct air capture (DAC) technologies and highlight the key cost factors to be reduced.

Date
Time
Venue

Wednesday, 16 October 2024
12:00 – 12:45 (20-30 minutes presentation + 15 minutes Q&A)
https://ethz.zoom.us/j/63947596868

Save the date: PATHFNDR Conference @ Energy Week 2024

PATHFNDR will hold its first conference on 7-8 November 2024 as part of the Energy Week at ETH Zurich. You can expect presentations by experts from the public and private sectors, panel discussions, exhibitions and round table discussions on flexibility and sector coupling in the energy system.

Among the topics are possible future energy scenarios and their pathways, the impact of technologies such as electromobility, long-term storage and hydrogen as well as the role of policies and business strategies to accelerate the energy transition.

Save the date! Further information will be published soon. 

Date
Location

7 – 8 November 2024
ETH Zurich

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