As part of the action plan "Coordinated Energy Research in Switzerland", Innosuisse (former CTI) has been called on to promote research competence centres linked within the universities and the Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCER) in seven fields of action. These actions pursue the goal of establishing additional competences in the universities to implement changes in energy policies. The School of Engineering is directly involved in three of these seven SCCER.
As part of the SCCER networks and their components, energy systems, the Institute for Energy Systems and Fluid Engineering (IEFE) is enhancing its expertise and increasing its personnel in the directions of "Smart Distribution Automation" (Intelligent Distribution Networks) and "Power System Dynamics & Control".
Together with the University of Basel, ZHAW is assuming the Co-Lead role in the SCCER Economics, Environment, Law, and Behaviour. With the establishment of a new research group "Smart Regional Energy Systems", the Institute for Sustainable Development (INE) is assuming joint responsibility for this research area.
In collaboration with the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the ETH, the Institute of Computational Physics (ICP) and the Institute for Sustainable Development (INE) are developing a concept for a thermoneutral fuel cell. This project is being carried out as part of the SCCER Efficient Concepts, Processes and Components in the Field of Mobility.