EPFL Valais Wallis
Pole of Excellence at the foot of the peaks
Dedicated mainly to scientific research and innovation in the fields of energy, green chemistry, health and the environment, the EPFL Valais Wallis campus brings together 226 researchers, administrative and technical staff from four faculties. The next phase of the project dedicated to research on the Alpine and polar environments (Alpole) will bring together 200 additional researchers including the Swiss Polar Research Institute at the end of 2021. By this date, more than 400 people will be active on the Sion site.
More efficient, longer-lasting solid oxide fuel cells
Researchers at EPFL have developed a novel way to increase fuel-cell efficiency and lifespan, using a recirculation fan driven by a steam turbine that runs on steam-lubricated bearings.
Could mining gold from waste reduce its great cost?
A research group lead by prof. Wendy Queen designed a new sponge materials with microscopic holes that can selectively extract and concentrate gold from a variety of the world’s most complex liquid mixtures. A recordbreaking gold-extraction rate of one gram of high purity gold per gram of sponge is attained.