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SimZukunft - Energy Scenarios 2050 for a Small City in Switzerland
U. Muntwyler, E. Schüpbach, N. Pflugradt
Dissemination, Grid Management, Electro Mobility, Decarbonization
Finance, Markets and Policies
Subtopic: Policies and Scenarios for Renewables, Societal and Global Challenges
Event: 38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 7DO.5.3
1612 - 1617
ISBN: 3-936338-78-7
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20212021-7DO.5.3
0,00 EUR
Document(s): paper, presentation


SimZukunft is a P- and D (Pilot- and Demonstration) project supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE. The objective of the project is to define the adjustments of the grid needed in a small Swiss city when implementing the Swiss Energy Strategy 2050. Four detailed energy scenarios and associated load profiles for every single household from the present until 2050 were generated for Burgdorf, a city with 16’000 inhabitants. For each of the four energy scenarios, the impact on the grid was calculated. Impacts on the low voltage grid were analysed in detail, and a comparison was made for each of the four scenarios on how the grid would perform with or without Smart Grid functions and with significant load shifting, decentralized storage and curtailment. It is demonstrated that implementing even the most ambitious scenario “Utopia” (full decarbonization) as outlined in the official Swiss Energy Strategy 2050 until the year 2050 is not a huge challenge, when decent planning and a moderate amount of Smart Grid functionalities are introduced in Burgdorf. To achieve full carbon neutrality and achieve net-zero in Burgdorf in 2050, either large investments in the grid or in Smart Grid functionalities and decentralized storage are needed.