Bern – According to a study by Sweet Edge, Switzerland’s key green electricity targets are realistic. To achieve this, the electricity supply must be radically and rapidly restructured. Sweet Edge has developed three strategies for climate neutrality and nuclear phase-out.
The Sweet Edge consortium founded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy(SFOE) has developed three strategies for climate neutrality and phasing out nuclear power. According to a press release from the University of Bern, Strategy 1 focuses on the diversity of electricity generation with a mix of photovoltaics, electricity from biomass and waste and from wind.
The second strategy focuses on photovoltaic solar systems with batteries. The third strategy focuses on improved productivity. It focuses on optimizing the production of wind power and photovoltaic infrastructure, including rooftop and ground-mounted photovoltaics
The consortium includes researchers from the Universities of Geneva and Bern, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne(EPFL), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich(ETH) and other partners. Switzerland’s key green electricity targets are ambitious, according to the press release. Nevertheless, they are realistic if the electricity supply is radically and rapidly restructured
The three strategies focus on how the target of 35 TWh (terawatt hours) of green electricity can be achieved by 2035. The study also included less ambitious targets, such as 25 TWh/year with a mix of renewable energies or only with solar energy and 17 TWh with a mix. The technical, regional, economic and social effects of the strategies were also carefully analyzed.
The study shows that the four electricity generation targets are technically achievable without nuclear energy and large fossil-fuel power plants. The higher the target, the less electricity Switzerland has to import. With the target of 35 TWh/year, Switzerland can ensure an electricity supply that is based almost entirely on domestic production of renewable energies. ce/gba