The main objectives of energy research in Switzerland are to guarantee a secure and sustainable energy supply, promote Switzerland as a centre of technological research and development, and maintain the high quality of Swiss research. Publicly funded energy research is carried out in line with the federal government energy research concept, which is published every four years by the Swiss Federal Energy Research Commission (CORE).
Fully developed wind power systems with capacities ranging from 500 W to 5 MW are now available on the market for use in normal conditions. The focus of research activities is therefore on the following areas:
In addition, pilot and demonstration projects are to be carried out in order to reduce non-technical barriers to the more effective market penetration of wind energy, and close the gap between research activities and practical application.
Based on specific practical experience and identified optimisation potentials, research is to focus on the following areas:
Systems (and components)
Development of expertise relating to wind energy in a cold climate
Key data for the targeted development of wind energy, figures concerning electricity production costs as per 1)
|Planning time / acceptance|
|Project duration (years)||2 – 7||1 – 2||< 1|
|Availability / energy yield|
Hours of full load for plants > 100 kW at locations > 5 m/s
|Production costs (cents per kWh)|
|Costs of electricity production in Switzerland||12 – 20||12 – 15||11 – 13|
|Costs of electricity production in the EU||6 – 12||4 – 10||3 – 9|
1) Swiss Federal Office of Energy (authored by the Paul Scherrer Institute): "Renewable energy and nuclear facilities", chapter 5, "Wind energy".