The HES Group

In the Human-Environment Systems (HES) group we conduct problem-driven environmental research. Currently we focus on analysing pathways for creating a sustainable electricity system for Europe and beyond, studying means to mitigate human vulnerability to climate and other natural hazards, and understanding the effects of policies on the use and protection of natural resources.

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Latest News

2014/11/10 – Presentation at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment

Natural Resource Policy and Law group member Guillaume de Buren will present the results of the Alpeau Interreg research project at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Forest Division.

2014/11/13 – Water Symposium in Schiltach/Schwarzwald Germany

Natural Resource Policy and Law group member Eva Lieberherr will moderate the 7th Hansgrohe Water Symposium titled "Water Technology of the Future".

Research Units

We have three research units: Electricity decarbonization, Climate change adaptation and natural hazards, and Natural Resource Policy. The third research unit is independently funded but is embedded within the HES group

Latest Publications

  • Komendantova N, Patt A. (2014). Employment under vertical and horizontal transfer of concentrated solar power technology to North African countries. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 40:1192-1201. DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2014.07.072 (12.2014)
  • Lilliestam, J., Pfenninger, S., Gauché, P., Damerau, K., Wagner, F., Patt, A. (2014): On the limits to solar thermal power: a reply to Trainer. Energy Policy 75, 424-425. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.09.020 (12.2014)
  • Ondraczek J, Komendantova N, Patt A. (2015, online first). WACC the dog: The effect of financing costs on the levelized cost of solar PV power. Renewable Energy, 75:888-898. DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2014.10.053 (3.2015)
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