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New risks: Potential supply interruptions and stakeholder views on the growth of renewable electricity in Switzerland

English title New Risks: trade-offs in switching from nuclear electricity to renewables in Switzerland
Applicant Patt Anthony
Number 153974
Funding scheme NRP 70 Energy Turnaround
Research institution Institute for Environmental Decisions Natural and Social Science Interface ETH Zürich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline Social geography and ecology
Start/End 01.10.2014 - 31.12.2017
Approved amount 300'583.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Social geography and ecology
Meteorology

Keywords (8)

renewables; survey; energy modelling; stakeholders; q-methodology; geographic information system; risk assessment; energy security

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Bei der Energiewende muss es noch entschieden werden, welche Technologien am besten geeignet sind bzw. ob die Stromquellen unbedingt in der Schweiz liegen sollen, oder in Länder wo die Sonne stärker scheint und der Wind kräftiger weht, die mit der Schweiz durch ein Übertragungsnetz verbunden werden. Bei manchen Optionen ist die Wahrscheinlichkeit höher, dass der Strom einfach nicht da ist, wenn Man den braucht.
Lay summary

Inhalt und Ziel des Forschungsprojekts 

Wir werden das von Schlechtwetter entstehende Stromausfallrisiko bei Solar- und Windanlagen quantifizieren, wobei wir zwischen Inland und Ausland Produktion differenzieren werden. Bei Auslandsanlagen kommt das Risiko von einem Hochspannungsnetzabbruch dazu. Zweitens werden wir untersuchen, wie viel Vertrauen die Schweizer Firmen und Bevölkerung in ausländischen Lieferanten haben, wobei wir hier ein Blick auf europäische (deutsche, niederländische) sowohl nichteuropäische (nordafrikanischen Ländern) Lieferanten halten werden. Dazu untersuchen wir die Lust (oder deren Fehlen) auf neue Infrastruktur in der inländischen Landschaft. Schliesslich wäre es dann möglich zu überlegen, welche Gruppen zusammenarbeiten werden, um bestimmte Stromquellen zu unterstützen oder entgegen zu treten.

Kontext

In der Schweiz besteht etwa 30% vom gesamten Stromangebot aus Kernenergie. Bei der geplanten Energiewende spielen Solar- und Windenergie wichtige Rollen, wobei sie eher als unzuverlässig gelten.

Keywords

Erneuerbare Energie, Sicherheit, Energiewende

 

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 24.09.2014

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
Public preferences for the Swiss electricity system after the nuclear phase-out: A choice experiment
Plum Christiane, Olschewski Roland, Jobin Marilou, van Vliet Oscar (2019), Public preferences for the Swiss electricity system after the nuclear phase-out: A choice experiment, in Energy Policy, 130, 181-196.
Drivers and risks for renewable energy developments in mountain regions: a case of a pilot photovoltaic project in the Swiss Alps
Díaz Paula, van Vliet Oscar (2018), Drivers and risks for renewable energy developments in mountain regions: a case of a pilot photovoltaic project in the Swiss Alps, in Energy, Sustainability and Society, 8(1), 28-28.
Do stakeholders’ perspectives on renewable energy infrastructure pose a risk to energy policy implementation? A case of a hydropower plant in Switzerland
Díaz Paula, Adler Carolina, Patt Anthony (2017), Do stakeholders’ perspectives on renewable energy infrastructure pose a risk to energy policy implementation? A case of a hydropower plant in Switzerland, in Energy Policy, 108, 21-28.
Do We Need Gas as a Bridging Fuel? A Case Study of the Electricity System of Switzerland
Díaz Paula, van Vliet Oscar, Patt Anthony (2017), Do We Need Gas as a Bridging Fuel? A Case Study of the Electricity System of Switzerland, in Energies, 10(7), 861.
Modelling the Energy Future of Switzerland after the Phase Out of Nuclear Power Plants
Díaz Paula (2015), Modelling the Energy Future of Switzerland after the Phase Out of Nuclear Power Plants, in EGU 2015, ViennaElsevier, Netherlands.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
High Voltage Laboratory at ETHZ Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Science Policy Research Unit at University of Sussex Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Atmospheric Dynamics group at ETHZ Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Transdisciplinarity Lab at ETHZ Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Natural Social Science Interface group at ETHZ Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Akzeptanzforschung zur Energiewende Schweiz Poster research and results on stakeholders' perspectives on the implementation of a the small hydropower plant Berschnerbach 24.01.2017 Zürich, Switzerland van Vliet Oscar; Diaz Paula;
7th Annual Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM 2016) i Talk given at a conference Resilience of electricity transmission grids 01.10.2016 Isfahan, Iran Diaz Paula; van Vliet Oscar;
32nd Annual Q Conference for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity Talk given at a conference Taking stock of stakeholder’s perspectives on renewable decision processes in Switzerland: A Q study on facilitating the Swiss energy transition strategy 07.09.2016 New Orleans, United States of America Diaz Paula;
EGU 2015 Talk given at a conference Modelling the energy future of Switzerland after the phase out of nuclear power plants 12.04.2015 Vienna, Austria van Vliet Oscar; Diaz Paula;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
18th Swiss Global Change Day Poster 11.04.2017 Bern, Switzerland Diaz Paula;


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Video/Film New Risks animated introduction videos International German-speaking Switzerland 2018

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
166098 Development and test of a decision support system for energy portfolio choices among different stakeholders in Switzerland 01.09.2016 Interdisciplinary projects

Abstract

Switzerland plans to replace nuclear power with renewable electricity. This turnaround will lead to new risks of supply disruption in a country that expects a reliable supply of electricity. We propose to assess these risks in two work packages:In the first work package, we examine risks from erratic weather, natural hazards and political turmoil to critical high voltage grid infrastructure and power plants. These risks will be quantified using recent high-quality data, with visual maps where appropriate. The aim is to inform a common basis for understanding of these risk sources to stakeholders.In the second work package, we assess stakeholders appreciation of risks to electricity supply disruption and the trade-offs between these risks, for stakeholders individually and as a group. The aim is to find out how stakeholders perceive the importance of the risks, how widely these perspectives range, and what coalitions of stakeholders may support or reject particular electricity supply mixes and under what conditions.The project is expected to generate accessible peer-reviewed information on disruption risks and their appreciation by stakeholders, which is applicable and relevant to policy deliberations, business (investment) decisions and public participation in- and outside Switzerland.
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