CH-2.10 :: Alternative energies

Relevance of the issue and justification of the need for research:
In 2011, Switzerland decided to gradually phase out nuclear energy. As a result, the demand for sites for alternative sources of energy is growing. Decision-making tools to select such sites are needed as well as a “Renewable Energy Sectoral Plan (Sachplan erneuerbare Energien)” which compares the various technologies and takes possible future developments into account.
Specific research topics and knowledge gaps:
Demand
• Draw up a “Renewable Energy Sectoral Plan”: Develop a “Renewable Energy Sectoral Plan” that conducts a comparative assessment of the various technologies (wind, solar, hydroelectric) and also provides answers to possible future developments.
Land management
• Decision-making support for alternative energy site selection: Develop the scientific basis and decision-making tools for selecting sites for solar panels, wind farms and hydroelectric power plants.
• Acceptance of alternative energies: Develop approaches to enhancing the acceptance of solar panels, wind turbines and hydroelectric power plants by the population.
• Draw up a “Renewable Energy Sectoral Plan”: Develop a “Renewable Energy Sectoral Plan” that conducts a comparative assessment of the various technologies (wind, solar, hydroelectric) and also provides answers to possible future developments.
Documents:
• Lösungsansätze für die Schweiz im Konfliktfeld erneuerbare Energien und Raumnutzung: (Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz, 2012)

Stakeholders:
• Network, SME/consultant, university/research institute, others, workshop participants