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Mercè Labordena

Researcher at the Chair of Climate Policy at ETH Zürich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Mercè Labordena is a researcher and renewable energy engineer working at ETH Zurich with 8 years of experience in projects that reduce carbon emissions and accelerate the transition to renewable and sustainable energy systems.

She has conducted research on high-priority items including worldwide technology development of concentrating solar power technologies; influence of the commitments of the Paris Agreement - such as improvement of project finance, technology transfer and capacity building - on the deployment of solar power in sub-Saharan African countries; strategies to transition to renewable energy systems including procurement policies for new renewable energy assets and policies to reduce power fluctuations in electricity system of the U.S.; on the effect of reducing air pollution in China on surface solar irradiance leading to an increase in electricity generation from solar photovoltaics; and on innovative initiatives in the public sector to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

She has conducted research in international and academic institutions including ETH Zurich in Switzerland, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the U.S., the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, and for UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Engineer as background, she holds a double MSc degree in Renewable Energy from EIT European Institute for Innovation & Technology - InnoEnergy, which comprises a MSc in Energy Innovation and a MSc in Energy Engineering, and she is finalizing her PhD at the Climate Policy group at ETH Zurich.


  • –present
    PhD Researcher at ETH Zürich Department of Environmental Systems Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich


  • 2018
    Blue skies over China: The effect of pollution-control on solar power generation and revenues, PLOS ONE
  • 2017
    Empirically observed learning rates for concentrating solar power and their responses to regime change, Nature Energy
  • 2017
    Impact of political and economic barriers for concentrating solar power in Sub-Saharan Africa, Energy Policy