The Energy Blog @ ETH Zurich brings together ETH Zurich programs on energy policy, science, technology, and business. The Energy Blog is hosted by the Energy Science Center (ESC) and run by a team of dedicated people from ETH Zurich – a collective editorial group comprising enthusiastic doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. It is, therefore, a bottom-up initiative from the research community to serve society.
The Energy Blog @ ETH Zurich aims to create a space for one of the most intensely debated topics of our generation: energy. If climate change is the most important challenge of our century, changing energy systems is the most promising lever to address it. Multi-disciplinary ETH Zurich energy researchers will regularly post argumentative technical and non-technical content with the mission to share knowledge and spark discussion from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
The Energy Blog @ ETH Zurich features two pillars: research highlights, where researchers relate their insights to day-to-day societal and political realities, and the debate room, where researchers voice their personal opinions on current public debates.
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Yael Borofsky is a Doctoral researcher in the Development Economics Group and at the Institute for Science, Technology and Policy. Her research focuses on access to infrastructure in informal urban settlements in South Africa and targeting of electricity subsidies.
Florian Egli is a Doctoral researcher in the Energy Politics Group, where he analyses investment decisions into new technologies, particularly renewable energy. He is the vice president of foraus – the Swiss Think Tank on Foreign Policy and regularly speaks on climate, energy and foreign policy issues. He has also developed a passion for design thinking, which he uses in workshops to bridge science and policy.
Alejandro Nuñez Jiménez
Alejandro Nuñez Jiménez is a Doctoral researcher in the Group of Sustainability and Technology. His research focuses on the interplay between energy policy and technological change, investigating energy policy designs that can work effectively and cost-efficiently in rapid technological change environments. He co-teaches a class titled “Corporate Sustainability”.
Evan Petkov is a Doctoral researcher in the Group of Sustainability and Technology. His research focuses on transforming the existing building stock towards meeting global climate and energy targets through the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy. He co-teaches a Masters class titled “Energy Innovation and Management”.
Nina Boogen is a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics. Her research focuses on the energy efficiency gap in households. She has worked in several projects funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and the European Commission that analysed the level of energy efficiency and the behaviour of households with respect to energy saving measures. She is also teaching coordinator at the Chair of Energy and Public Economics.
Valentina Stampi-Bombelli is a Doctoral researcher in the Separation Processes Laboratory. In the effort of finding ways to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, her research focuses on direct air capture, which is a technology that can capture CO2 directly from the air.
Anna Stünzi is a Doctoral Researcher at the Chair of Economics and Resource Economics at MTEC. Her research focuses on the formation of expectations about future energy and climate policies on the macro and micro-level. In particular, she analyses how expectations can create self-reinforcing effects with respect to economic growth and behavioral changes.
Johannes Tiefenthaler is a Doctoral researcher in the Separation Processes Laboratory. His research focuses on the development of technologies which mitigate the climate impact of cement and concrete manufacturing. These mineral carbonation technologies enable a circular concrete economy at the same time. He co-teaches a classed titled “Carbon Capture and Storage and the Industry of Carbon based Resources”.
Linus Walker is a Doctoral researcher at the Chair of Architecture and Building Systems. He is conducting research on electric building systems, investigating how increased electrification of building energy systems can potentially lead to more sustainable and leaner building system configurations. He is further involved in the planning of the electrical systems of the living lab research facility HiLo at NEST.
Energy Science Center
Christian Schaffner and Annina Gantenbein
The Energy Science Center (ESC) is an interdepartmental competence center at ETH Zurich. The aim of the ESC is to facilitate energy research and teaching activities across research fields and departments. Dr. Christian Schaffner is executive director of the ESC and Annina Gantenbein is responsible for PR, communications and events at the ESC.