Key Visual Energy 2019

Towards simpler and more efficient energy systems

The ENERGY institute promotes and supports the development of sustainable communities by optimizing energy production and energy management. Our projects respond to issues and opportunities created by major energy trends such as climate change, the phasing-out of nuclear power, and the growth of the renewable energy sector.

Research focus areas

The ENERGY institute specializes in bridging the gap between pure and applied research, making it the ideal R&D partner for innovative companies and public institutions. Our project partners receive valuable support in their efforts to create new products and services.

  • Design, modelling, simulation and device testing for electrical and thermal networks
  • Management, optimization and energy integration of individual and coupled networks

Our projects focus on the following areas in particular:

  • Electrical networks, their systems and components
  • Thermal networks, their systems and components
  • Micro-networks and the coupling of electrical and thermal networks
  • Urban heat islands
  • Life cycle analysis (LCA) in the built environment (circular economy, choice of materials)
  • Building physics and technical installations
  • Performance gap
  • Building-user interaction (including post-occupancy evaluation)
  • Development of decision-making tools, particularly in the area of LCA

The institute is especially active in the following areas:

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the environmental approach to construction
  • Energy systems: modelling, simulation, optimization, development, integration and monitoring
  • Monitoring and optimization of energy efficiency at the building and neighborhood scales


The ENERGY institute is fully equipped for advanced research and development in the field of energy production and management. Our facilities feature building performance monitoring infrastructure as well as dedicated laboratories for electrical machines, thermal and energetic analysis, electrical networks, high voltage testing, and renewable energy integration.



Patrick Favre-Perrod
Deputy Director


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