Peter Burgherr participated in Comparative Risk Assessment of Severe Accidents in the Energy Sector. They are otherwise unassociated with EPIC.
Peter Burgherr joined the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) as a risk analyst in 2001. Since August 2008 he leads the inter-disciplinary Technology Assessment group of the Laboratory for Energy systems Analysis (LEA), which carries out comprehensive assessments of energy systems to support the complex decision-making processes towards a sustainable energy future with objective facts. Since 2014 he also leads a risk group on “Assessing and Measuring Energy Systems Resilience”(link is external) within the Future Resilient Systems (FRS)(link is external)program of the Singapore ETH Centre (SEC)(link is external) in Singapore. Finally, he is the leader of the WP4 on “Future Supply of Electricity” within the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Supply of Electricity (SCCER-SoE)(link is external).
His primary research interest is the comparative analysis of accident risks in the energy sector, and its relevance in the broader context of sustainability, resilience, energy security and critical infrastructure protection. He is also the primary responsible for PSI’s database ENSAD (Energy-Related Severe Accident Database), ), which is the world’s largest database on severe accidents in the energy sector. Since 2010, he is also co-responsible for the Energy Infrastructure Attack Database (EIAD) that was jointly developed with the Center for Security Studies (CSS)(link is external) at ETHZ, and subsequent case studies included collaborations with the Energy Policy Institute Chicago (EPIC)(link is external) and the Pearson’s Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts(link is external) at the Harris School of Public Policy(link is external), University Chicago. Furthermore, he is strongly involved in the sustainability assessment of current and future energy technologies as well as their evaluation within Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA)(link is external).
He is regularly presenting his work at international conferences and meetings, publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, contributing to books, and various other publications. As part of his duties, he is also engaged in the supervision of students at different levels (PhD, MSc, BSc, interns), and lectured at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)(link is external), University Geneva(link is external), Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)(link is external), Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)(link is external), and KINGS (Busan, Korea)(link is external).
Peter Burgherr holds a MSc and doctoral degree from ETH Zurich. From 1996 to 2000, he conducted research leading to his PhD at the Department of Limnology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG).