Category Archives: Energy Transformation

Impact of policies on residential multi-energy systems for consumers and prosumers

Response Doctoral Programme

In multi-energy systems (MES), different energy carriers such as electricity, heat, and gas interact with each other. When optimally designed and operated, MES can outperform energy systems without sector coupling in terms of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. MES can thus contribute to the transition towards affordable, low-carbon and secure energy.

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Impact of policies on residential multi-energy systems for consumers and prosumers

Response Doctoral Programme

In multi-energy systems (MES), different energy carriers such as electricity, heat, and gas interact with each other. When optimally designed and operated, MES can outperform energy systems without sector coupling in terms of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. MES can thus contribute to the transition towards affordable, low-carbon and secure energy.

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Land-free bioenergy for a carbon-neutral Europe –why, what, how?

Response Doctoral Programme

Navigating the complexities of bioenergy, its potential for carbon neutrality, and its conflicts with land, food, and feed resources is a pressing issue. What if we could circumvent these issues and focus solely on land-free bioenergy, similar to growing mushrooms on waste coffee grounds for a delicious dish? Waste and byproducts can generate valuable bioenergy, playing strategic roles in a future sustainable energy system.

The ETH Energy Blog post of RESPONSE fellow Fei Wu presents key findings from our latest research papers, providing insights into the strategic applications of land-free bioenergy and its policy implications. Join us in exploring the ‘why,’ ‘what’, and ‘how’ of deploying land-free bioenergy effectively in the quest for carbon neutrality.

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Land-free bioenergy for a carbon-neutral Europe –why, what, how?

Response Doctoral Programme

Navigating the complexities of bioenergy, its potential for carbon neutrality, and its conflicts with land, food, and feed resources is a pressing issue. What if we could circumvent these issues and focus solely on land-free bioenergy, similar to growing mushrooms on waste coffee grounds for a delicious dish? Waste and byproducts can generate valuable bioenergy, playing strategic roles in a future sustainable energy system.

The ETH Energy Blog post of RESPONSE fellow Fei Wu presents key findings from our latest research papers, providing insights into the strategic applications of land-free bioenergy and its policy implications. Join us in exploring the ‘why,’ ‘what’, and ‘how’ of deploying land-free bioenergy effectively in the quest for carbon neutrality.

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Diversifying and scaling direct air capture for a net-zero future

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To meet net-zero targets by mid-century, gigatons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year must be removed through direct air capture and storage (DACS). However, current deployment is low, requiring DACS technologies to be deployed at an unprecedented pace. The ETH Energy Blog post of RESPONSE fellow Katrin Sievert explores the two most advanced capture methods used in DACS, compares their scalability, and stresses the significance of investing in multiple technologies over the next decade instead of solely relying on existing approaches.

Read Katrin Sieverts’ Energy Blog article.

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Diversifying and scaling direct air capture for a net-zero future

Response Doctoral Programme

To meet net-zero targets by mid-century, gigatons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year must be removed through direct air capture and storage (DACS). However, current deployment is low, requiring DACS technologies to be deployed at an unprecedented pace. The ETH Energy Blog post of RESPONSE fellow Katrin Sievert explores the two most advanced capture methods used in DACS, compares their scalability, and stresses the significance of investing in multiple technologies over the next decade instead of solely relying on existing approaches.

Read Katrin Sieverts’ Energy Blog article.

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ESC Summer School 2023: Energy Technology, Policy and Politics – how to build a net-zero GHG emissions energy system

27. August – 1. September 2023, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland

For more information and registration

This summer school of the Energy Science Center (ESC) is aiming to present an in-​depth understanding of the energy sector to early-​stage researchers from around the world. The theme of the summer school will be to address the following questions from a technical, economic and policy perspective:

  • How does the energy supply system function today and potentially in the future?
  • What are the main challenges and opportunities in achieving a net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions energy supply system?
  • How can needed investments in the energy system be realized?
  • How can policy accelerate the transition to a net zero energy system?
  • How can political ambition be increased or implement such accelerating policies?

The ESC is a collaborating competence center of the RESPONSE Doctoral Program .

America’s Inflation Reduction Act is asking too much of car manufacturers and electric vehicle supply chains

America’s recently passed climate law, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), provides strong support for accelerated adoption of clean vehicles in the US. Subsidies are generous for consumers looking to go electric, but only for vehicles that meet strict geographic requirements for critical mineral sourcing, battery manufacturing and vehicle assembly. Unabashedly, the US is seeking to shift the EV supply chain from China to North America, but at what cost?

RESPONSE fellow Bessie Noll discusses whether the isolationist IRA is the right move for the US and, more importantly, the climate.

Read Bessie Nolls’ Energy Blog article.

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