Newsletter NRP 70 and NRP 71 – 18.04.2016
In Focus
From isolation to sy(e)nergy
The days when researchers shut themselves off from the outside world and came up with revolutionary findings with the aid of brainwaves, books and experimental procedures, are undoubtedly a thing of the past. Today, not only do modern communication tools permit permanent access to the latest knowledge and real-time exchanges of findings throughout the world, but it is also teams that now make groundbreaking discoveries. Nobel Prizes are seldom awarded to individual scientists today. Enormous knowledge potential exists at the interface between research disciplines and fields of practical application. Inter- and transdisciplinary research is no longer a cliché, it is an essential requirement today. And this is also the structure of modern-day Swiss energy research: diversified research centres (Swiss Competence Centres for Energy Research [SCCERs]) and National Research Programmes along value chains (NRP 70 and NRP 71) motivate researchers to work together on a inter- and transdisciplinary basis. And industry and the public sector are also directly involved. All these players are participating in the development of knowledge and technology in order to create an energy system in line with future needs. The Swiss Energy Research Conference also plays a central role here. This federal communication platform is set up every four years – this year the conference was held for the tenth time – and brings together the entire energy research community for the purpose of exchanging findings and ideas. NRP 70 and 71 also made a substantial contribution to this event. This newsletter reports on some of the highlights of the conference. Thank you very much for your interest.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Rudolf Schalcher
President of NRP 70 Steering Committee
Progress
"From invention to innovation": NRP 70 and NRP 71 at the 10th Swiss Energy Research Conference
NRP 70 and NRP 71 researchers and their various partners described aspects of their projects at the 10th Swiss Energy Research Conference.
New ideas to control power flows in distribution networks (NRP 70)
Since November 2015, the NRP 70 joint project, "Software-based real-time grid control", has a working demo of Commelec.
Comprehensive information about building-integrated photovoltaics (NRP 70)
The new website of the joint project presents news, publications and background information relating to the widespread use of advanced building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) within the scope of urban redevelopment.
Ideas and impulses for municipal energy players (NRP 71)
The special web tool Energyactors enables those responsible for energy in municipalities, as well as other interest groups and "Energy City" consultants, to obtain an overview of around 40 potential implementing bodies in the area of municipal energy policy.
For more information about the various projects, please visit the following websites: and verfügbar.
On Tape
"National Research Programmes 70 and 71 are of major significance for the planning of the future transmission network."
The NRP 70 project, "Hybrid overhead power lines for Switzerland", is researching central issues relating to the use of hybrid AC and DC overhead power lines in Switzerland, including technical aspects, their integration into the electricity system, and their economic viability and social acceptance. Martin Weber, expert in power line constructions at the national transmission system operator Swissgrid explains how important this research project is for the modernisation of the transmission network, and outlines the commitment of Swissgrid as a project partner.
Events
   7th St.Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies

26. and 27.05.2016, University of St.Gallen

Encouraged by proactive businesses such as the companies collaborating in the RE100 initiative for 100% renewable energy, policymakers in Paris successfully concluded a new climate agreement. How will this translate into new climate mitigation efforts on the ground, such as investment in renewable energy? This is the focus of this year's St. Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies: RE-Invest 2016.

   Sustainable Built Environment Conference

From 13. to 17.06.2016, ETH Zürich

The conference aims to provide a platform for exchange between researchers and practitioners of the construction sector to foster system thinking in the context of the built environment.

   Hydro 2016

From 10. to 12.10.2016, Montreux

The town of Montreux will provide a perfect setting for the world hydro community, policy-makers and practitioners to meet from October 10–12, 2016 to discuss topical aspects of global hydropower development.

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Publications
   A molecularly engineered hole-transporting material for efficient perovskite solar cells

In this work, we present a molecularly engineered hole-transport material with a simple dissymmetric fluorene–dithiophene (FDT) core substituted by N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine donor groups, which can be easily modified, providing the blueprint for a family of potentially low-cost hole-transport materials.

   Renewable fuels for sustainable electricity production

Scientists involved in the National Research Programme’s Reduction and Reuse of CO2: Renewable Fuels for Electricity Production joint project in Switzerland are testing innovative ways to reutilise waste resources of carbon dioxide, harness energy from the Sun and produce electricity with zero carbon emissions.

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