Sustainable energy security through sector coupling

Sustainable energy security through sector coupling


Wednesday 16 November 2022, 13:30 - 17:30

Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Zurich, Switzerland


The next Orgalim General Assembly (GA) will take place in Zurich, Switzerland, on 16-17 November 2022, hosted by Swissmem, the association of Switzerland's mechanical and electrical engineering industries.

The programme will include a conference on the theme 'Sustainable energy security through sector coupling' as well as a site visit to Paul Scherrer Institute. 


Conference: Sustainable energy security through sector coupling

A potential energy shortage is threatening the industrial performance in Europe. The war in Ukraine led to this challenge in the middle of the energy transition towards a climate friendly, sustainable supply based on renewable energy sources. As if this crucial development wasn’t enough of a challenge, the hot and dry summer reduced the efficiency of the existing, reliable sources of electricity.

The European industry has two stakes in this challenge. On the one hand side as an energy consumer, struggling with dramatically increasing costs. With the winter approaching, a reliable energy supply is at risk in many regions in Europe. Depending on the level of shortage, consequences can be dramatic from loss in global competitiveness to loss of capacity and jobs.

On the other side, the industry provides solutions to establish a reliable and sustainable energy supply based on a holistic approach for Europe and the world.

At the conference, we will put the spotlight on these two roles. Firstly, we will discuss the current energy situation in Europe and its impact on the industry. We will then focus on the concept of sector coupling which will leverage the efforts of the industry towards a sustainable, decarbonised energy system. The current findings in academic research will be presented, followed by a discussion of industry leaders. They will not only share opinions about currently available solutions and business opportunities but also on the regulatory framework conditions to gain momentum for the concept of sector coupling.


Site visit to Paul Scherrer Institute

After the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences in Switzerland.


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