Tapping renewable energy sources requires coordinated and systemic approaches
By Dr. Martin Jakob, Co-founder and Executive partner of TEP Energy GmbH
Dr. Martin Jakob is co-founder and executive partner of TEP Energy GmbH which was founded as a spin-off company of ETH Zurich in 2008. Martin Jakob and his team provide research and advice with a focus on energy modelling and empirical studies addressing technological, economic and policy aspects related to energy. He is responsible for conceiving and further developing energy models, coordinating and conducting empirical research and client-specific advising and implementation projects. His key competences and experience includes building physics, energy technology, economic and policy analysis, energy-efficiency, renewable energy use, energy demand, and energy modelling.
Martin Jakob holds a Dipl. Phys.-Ing. (MSc.) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) with a focus on building physics and a PhD (Dr. of Sc.) of ETH Zurich where he promoted in 2007 in the field of Energy Economics. Before he was a senior researcher at the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE) of ETH Zürich (2000 to 2008) and a responsible researcher at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI, Villigen).
In his opinion, the decarbonisation of the energy system only is possibly if cities are involved in any such initiative, on the one hand because of their relevance in terms of carbon emissions and on the other hand because of the peculiar challenges and opportunities in both large and small cities. Tapping renewable energy sources requires coordinated and systemic approaches, which integrate heating and cooling, thermal and electrical energy as well as buildings and mobility, thus an energy systems approach. In the buildings sector advanced thermal networks and heat pump technologies are key.
#DecarbCities is a conference organised by the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA)
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