Objectives of the SCCER Joint Activity Scenario & Modeling

There is a strong demand from industry, science, and public administration for robust and authoritative scenarios for the development of the Swiss energy system. To answer this need, it is advantageous to combine the modeling capabilities of the different SCCERs and use them for developing coherent and robust scenarios. Each SCCER conducts scenario modeling in its field and has dedicated personnel in its program in the current phase. In Phase II, targeted scenario modeling will be continued in each SCCER and we aim at building an overarching initiative that will enable further developing and combining different models while preserving the specificity of the individual approaches. The SCCER Joint Activity Scenario & Modeling will strive to achieve progress in the following do-mains:

  • Identify important data, implement efficient data infrastructure and access mechanisms, and enable the exchange of data across the SCCERs
  • Define representative scenarios to be modeled at different spatial and time scales, involving key stake-holders from industry and from federal and cantonal offices
  • Build a SCCER-wide modeling environment, with a common data infrastructure, coherent basic assumptions regarding exogenous variables (e.g., future efficiency gains and potentials of different technologies or energy demand), and the ability to harness the joint power of different modeling approaches, platforms and codes; focus on the interoperability of models and on the portability of boundary conditions between models, without aiming at building a single large model
  • Benchmark and validate modeling approaches and results, with the option of testing also those produced by industry and private consultants
  • Issue periodic reports, authoritative evaluations and policy recommendations, including future updates of the national energy perspectives
  • Document the models and the resulting scenarios in detail for experts and communicate the approach in a simplified form to a wider public
  • Facilitate the definition and selection of scenarios for ES2050 and reduce the uncertainty and risk for its implementation.

Contribution of the SCCER BIOSWEET

The specific interest and contributions of the SCCER BIOSWEET in the joint activity are the modelling of the integration of the biomass resources in the scenario of the energy transition, especially investigating the synergetic role of the biomass in the energy system considering the industrial heat, electricity and raw materials integration with advanced district heating or decentralized solutions, seasonal storage and the use as fuel for mobility. Together with FEEDB&D, EIP and FURIES, the SCCER BIOSWEET will contribute to the modelling of the impact of the integration of the biomass supply chain and conversion with the multi-energy (district) infrastructure. The goal is to further develop the modelling environment established with the energyscope project, that aims at modeling possible future energy systems to realise the transition with the goal of calculating the possible im-pact of the SCCERs results on the Swiss energy system and deduce from it the conditions of emergence of more efficient solutions. The work is part of the activities in the research area Biomass and the Energy Transition.

Organization, governance and resources

This initiative is built across all the SCCERs and will consist primarily of an integrated team of modelers, responsible for implementing the working program and for linking to the activities conducted in the hosting institutions and corresponding SCCER programs. However, the  lead of the activity is with the SCCER SoE.


Ueli Wieland, Manager of the SCCER SoE

The concept of SCCER Joint Activities

Joint Activities are projects carried out by several SCCERs working together. These projects are intended to reinforce interdisciplinary cooperation between the various SCCERs. ‘This further networking is a key factor since it will have a leveraging effect when SCCERs begin pooling together their resources in the area of modelling, scenario building or social acceptance,’ explains CTI President Walter Steinlin.