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Energy & Construction, Sustainability

SWEET-PATHFNDR

The PATHFNDR project develops and analyzes transition pathways for renewable energy integration in Switzerland.

PATHFNDR is a research project funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy through the “SWEET” programme (Call 1-2020) and hosted by ETH Zurich. The project consortium is represented by eight research partners – ETH Zurich, Empa, PSI, ZHAW, HSLU, UNIGE, EPFL and TU Delft – and 25 cooperation partners. The project develops and analyzes transition pathways for renewable energy integration in Switzerland. The project will deliver feasible pathways, provide planning and operation tools, develop pilot and demonstration projects, identify new business opportunities and innovation strategies, and analyze potential policies.

In line with the vision of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions we imagine an efficient, flexible, resilient, cost-effective, and sustainable Swiss energy system by 2050. Within this future, our main goal is to develop and analyze transition pathways for renewable energy integration in Switzerland.

Our objectives are improving performance, enabling flexibility, and fostering sector coupling. Our expected outcomes are feasible pathways, planning and operation tools, pilot and demonstration projects, identifying new business opportunities and innovation strategies, and analysis of potential policies. 

PATHFNDR is one of four research projects currently coordinated by the Energy Science Center.

Contact

SWEET-PATHFNDR Lea Ruefenachtlea.ruefenacht@esc.ethz.chwww.esc.ethz.ch