Publication type: Conference other
Type of review: Not specified
Title: Decarbonization of the swiss energy system : an interactive calculator
Authors: Rohrer, Jürg
et. al: No
Conference details: Closed Cycles and the Circular Society : The Power of Ecological Engineering, Online, 2-4 September 2020
Issue Date: 2-Sep-2020
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 333.79: Energy
Abstract: Energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions account for 75% of Switzerland's domestic GHG emissions. Limiting climate change therefore requires a rapid transformation of the Swiss energy system. The technologies to reduce a large part of the emissions are already available. The widespread use of heat pumps and electric vehicles could already prevent 60% of current domestic GHG emissions. This is based on the assumption that the electricity used for this purpose comes from renewable sources. The transformation of the energy system is therefore strongly linked to energy efficiency and the expansion of renewable electricity production. In this project, an interactive tool was developed to simulate the transformation of the energy system. Instead of a report with fixed scenarios, in the interactive calculator the user can define the future energy mix for mobility and heat supply of buildings, as well as electricity production. The effects in terms of GHG emissions, electricity demand, seasonal storage requirements, global temperature increase, impact on nature, etc. are immediately displayed. The user becomes involved and learns about the interrelationships. The interactive integration of the user is an important unique selling point of the project. By involving the user interactively, the project follows the 2'500-year-old knowledge of Confucius: “Tell me – and I will forget, Show me – and I will remember Involve me – and I will understand.” In the presentation, the interactive tool was demonstrated and the findings from the application were discussed.
Further description: A prototype with simplified functionality has already been created and can be accessed via the following link: (it is essential to use the Chrome browser).
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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