The GO is very well embedded into the SCCER landscape as well as the project portfolio of the Technology Assessment and Energy Economics group in the Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis (LEA) at PSI (see Figure below). PSI-LEA directly participates three SCCERS – namely SoE, Mobility, and Heat & Electricity Storage (HaE) – and has also established connections and exchanges with the SCCERs CREST, BIOSWEET, and FURIES. Within the SCCER-SoE, other tasks mainly provide inputs to technology characterization and potential discussions, but for the final deliverable report both an SCCER-internal and external review are envisaged.
The schematic figure below also shows that the evaluation of specific technologies can strongly benefit from a broad variety of projects at national, European and global scales. For example, at the national level, PSI-LEA has been commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) to conduct the new assessment of the potentials, costs and environmental performance of a wide spectrum of electricity supply technologies with time horizon until year 2050. As there are obvious synergies with the GO, it has been agreed that PSI-LEA should produce a joint final report for the SFOE and SCCER-SoE. The report will serve the purpose of technology monitoring and will be an input to the next Energy Perspectives of the SFOE.
Other relevant Swiss projects receive funding from the National Research Program NRP 70 “Energy Turnaround”, the Competence Center Energy and Mobility (CCEM), the Competence Center Environment and Sustainability (CCES), the Center for Technology Assessment (TA-SWISS), swisselectric research (SER), the Erdöl-Vereinigung (EV), swissnuclear, the PSEL research fund of the Association of Swiss Electricity Producers (VSE), ESI / swissgrid, and the “Energy – Economy – Society” (EES) research programme of the SFOE.
At the European level, there are two ongoing projects on fuel cells within the “Fuel Cells and Hyrogen Joint Undertaking” (FCH JU) under FP7, and two proposals relevant for the GO have been submitted within the EU Horizon 2020 Framework.
At the global level, the established collaboration between PSI and the World Energy Council (WEC) on energy economic modeling provides an essential contribution to scenario analysis activities.