Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory LESO-PB
► Energy savings in buildings and improvement of indoor environment quality and health through:
– Advanced integrated day- and electric lighting systems based on non-imaging optics
– Optimal and adaptive building control
► Optimisation of solar energy conversion systems through nanotechnology and architectural integration
► Smart management of cities thanks to modelling and simulation of complex urban systems
(energy flows, solar potential and other sustainability related factors)
PhD Anna Krammer's coatings prevent thermal collector overheating
In her PhD thesis defended with brio on 18 June 2020, Anna Krammer of the Solar Energy and Building Physic lab's Nanotechnology group led by Dr Andreas Schueler developed thermochromic absorber coatings that prevent overheating in solar panels, which tend to undergo prolonged stagnation periods. The multi-layered coatings solve a longstanding problem and have a very positive impact on maintenance costs.
Climate change will disrupt existing energy systems
As climate changes and extreme weather events become more commonplace, we will need to fundamentally rethink how we produce renewable energy. Researchers at EPFL have developed a simulation method to reduce the adverse influences due to climate-related uncertainties in the energy sector and guarantee robust operation of energy infrastructure during extreme climate events.
What if half of Switzerland's rooftops produced electricity?
Researchers at EPFL are assessing Switzerland’s solar power potential. Their results show that photovoltaic panels could be installed on more than half of the country’s 9.6 million rooftops. The resulting power would meet more than 40% of Swiss electricity demand.