Newsletter NRP 70 and NRP 71 - March 2018
The future of Swiss hydropower
At the Swiss Electricity Congress Prof. Dr. Hannes Weigt presented interim results of the NRP 70 joint project “The future of Swiss hydropower”.
“SwiSS Transformer”: new SiC technologies for the efficient conversion of electric energy
The "SwiSS Transformer" project develops new technologies for the efficient conversion of electric energy and assesses their possible use as part of the Energy Strategy 2050.
Social sciences and practice in dialogue: energy future of towns and municipalities
The second conference in the series “Social sciences and practice in dialogue” focused on the energy future of towns and municipalities.
Completed research project: New materials for future batteries
In the NRP 70 project “New materials for future batteries” new components were developed for lithium-metal high-energy batteries which are superior to the components available so far on the market.
For more information about the various projects, please visit the following websites: and available.
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   E-bike trials' potential to promote sustained changes in car owners' mobility habits

(Open Access) One strategy to convince people to switch from cars to e-bikes is the disruption of existing habits – a key idea behind an annual e-bike promotion programme in Switzerland. By means of a longitudinal survey, the long-term effects of this trial on mobility-related habitual associations have been measured. The findings contrast the results of other studies, which find that the effect of interventions to induce modal shifts wears off over time.

   Navigating behavioral energy sufficiency. Results from a survey in Swiss cities on potential behavior change

(Open Access) In this paper, citizens’ heterogeneity regarding both their current behaviors and their willingness to realize their sufficiency potentials is addressed—that is, to reduce their energy consumption through behavioral change. A survey conducted in three cities yielded thematic sets of energy-consumption behavior that various groups of participants rated differently. The paper discusses intervention types and addresses citizens’ heterogeneity and behaviors from a city-based perspective.

   A Cost Estimation for CO2 Reduction and Reuse by Methanation from Cement Industry Sources in Switzerland

(Open Access) The production of cement in Switzerland accounts around 2.5 million ton for CO2 emissions (roughly 7% of the country’s total CO2 emissions). The article examines how this amount could be put to meaningful use in order to create a new value-added chain through CO2 methanation, and thus reduce the consumption and import of fossil fuels in Switzerland.

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