Upcoming events

Lunch talk series IV: Impact and challenges of long-term thermal storage 

Long-term heat storage is one of the key elements in a decarbonised energy system. Heat storage can help reduce the challenges of the winter gap, foster resilience and decrease dependencies on energy imports. Jörg Worlitschek from HSLU will give an overview of the most important research questions and findings on the technical and socio-political aspects of long-term storage.

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Time
Venue

Tuesday, 28 May 2024
12:00 – 12:45 (20-30 minutes presentation + 15 minutes Q&A)
https://ethz.zoom.us/j/67948132101

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: 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

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