Nuclear power plants, run-of-the-river plants and fossil energies currently provide electricity on a continual basis. In future, however, renewable sources such as wind and solar energy will assume an ever more important role in the Swiss electricity supply system. They are dependent on weather conditions, a fact that impacts imports, exports and electricity prices.
As part of a joint project, researchers from the University of Basel and ETH Zurich investigated what the electricity market of the future might look like. Particular focus was placed on the questions of whether the Swiss electricity market can meet the challenges posed by renewable energies on its own, whether additional measures are required for the implementation of Energy Strategy 2050 and whether an increased share of renewable energies will put the reliability of the Swiss electricity grid at risk.
The joint project includes three sub-projects: one investigated the technical infrastructure for the future energy supply, another scrutinised possible economic developments on the electricity markets and a third combined the applied models to create a meaningful whole.