Research and development

The energy reform presents our power grid with a wide range of challenges. For that reason, Swissgrid works to ensure a modern grid that is capable of meeting future requirements. In that context we also support innovative and application-oriented research which makes a contribution to this modern grid. Support is given in particular to research activities focussing on the following themes:

  • Ensuring the stability of the grid
  • Increasing public acceptance for grid projects (modernisation and expansion)
  • New technologies/methods for energy transmission
  • Automation/digitisation in systems operation and in asset management)

3D Decision Support System (3D DSS) to assist in line planning

University Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich
Chairs Prof. Dr. Martin Raubal, Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation
Prof. Dr. Adrienne Grêt-Regamey, Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development
Goal ETH Zurich is developing a decision support system which will simplify the planning of new high-voltage lines and help to illustrate possible solutions more quickly.

Hybrid overhead lines in Switzerland

University Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich
Institute of Energy Transmission and High-Voltage Engineering
Chair Prof. Dr. Christian M. Franck
Goal The project is divided into four areas. It is investigating possible problems within the value chain of hybrid AC and DC overhead lines in Switzerland: technical aspects, incorporation into the electricity system, commercial consequences and social elements.


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Grid technology news


New tool from ETH Zurich assists in line planning

The new tool provides a bird's-eye view of high-voltage lin...>


Swissgrid involvement in the national «Energy Turnaround» research programme.

The «Hybrid overhead power lines for Switzerland» project (...>


Capacity increases by means of AC/DC hybrid lines

Potential and feasibility in Switzerland.


Study on geomagnetically induced currents in the Swiss transmission system

The study was carried out on behalf of Swissgrid and the Sw...>


Swissgrid a key partner in the e-HIGHWAY2050 project

On 27 November 2012, the European Commission approved the f...>