Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Since 1958, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts has contributed and strengthened Switzerland as a business location by providing bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, continuing education programs and applied research. The University is supported by the six cantons of Central Switzerland and the Swiss state. With 556 projects in research and development, it contributes to the competitiveness and innovativeness of its partners and sponsors.
The Competence Centre Power Economy (CCPE), conducts applied research in intelligent energy solutions with currently 10 researchers (3 Prof., 3 senior research fellows, 2 research fellows, 2 research assistants). CCPE combines distinct competences in three fields of action:

  • Electricity grids, energy and flexibility markets
    The structural change of the energy market offers new opportunities to all market players. The development of new business models as well as the performance of market and technology analyses supports the market introduction of new technologies.
  • Business model innovation for energy technologies in the built environment
    The energy industry faces radical transformations. New and flexible business models that are built around customer’s needs and the peculiarities of new technologies support the transition towards a higher share of renewable energy in buildings and districts.
  • Fostering energy efficiency through the assessment of multiple benefits
    The realization of an energy efficiency measure is beneficial for the environment. The extent to which also a business can profit from the implementation of an energy efficiency measure can be indicated by identifying, quantifying and monetizing the associated multiple benefits.

Since 2014 the CCPE has been part of the Swiss Competence Centres for Energy Research (SCCER) – a network of renowned research institutions and entrepreneurs – whose research activities are funded by Swiss Federal Council and parliament. Within SCCER, the CCPE has the mandate to seek solutions for technical, social and political energy and climate change challenges in addition to the successful achievement of the Energy Strategy 2050 targets. Since 2017 the CCPE participates in different EU research projects.

Role in the Project

HSLU will conduct an economic value analysis of Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration with the objective to identify potential revenue streams from the participation in the power markets and the economic added value from the avoidance of grid expansions


Prof. Christoph Imboden