Prof. Martin Patel


The domain of energy research at University of Geneva consists of three research groups, namely the  

The Chair for Energy Efficiency at the University of Geneva launched its activities in September 2013 as result of a collaborative agreement between the university and SIG (Services Industriels de Genève), i.e. the cantonal utility company. The chair is funded by SIG and it is housed by university which has committed itself to ensure and support interdisciplinary research in this domain. In September 2014, the chair was inaugurated with contributions by the rector, the Federal Councillor Mrs. Doris Leuthard, the Councillor of the Canton of Geneva Mrs. Anne Emery-Torracinta, representatives of the local energy sector as well as the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee).

The main research areas of the Chair are:

  • Built environment
  • Demand/Supply infrastructure
  • Industrial systems & materials
  • Policy and economics

This includes the environmental and the economic assessment of technologies, processes, products and services as well as the evaluation of policy programmes. Next to energy efficiency, bio-based products represent a particular focal area of his work. The research methods applied include techno-economic modelling (simulation), Life Cycle Assessment, economic assessment (micro & macro) and policy analysis.

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The Chair is actively involved in the following selected projects:

  • Swiss Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition (CREST), dealing with energy research on economics, environment, behavior and law (poster)
  • Swiss Competence Center for Efficiency of Industrial Processes (EIP) (poster)
  • Swiss Competence Center for Heat and Electricity Storage (HAE) (poster)
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) - NRP 71 project on tariff structure
  • EU-funded project Climate-KIC/ADMIT/BioSuccInnovate