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)
VentureKick grant awarded to the new ShadeMe startup
Yujie Wu has been awarded a VentureKick grant for the newborn startup ShadeMe, set up to bring to market the integrated 'Eyesight' shading controller developed during his PhD studies at the EPFL Solar Energy and Building Physics Lab (LESO-PB) under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Louis Scartezzini and Dr. Jérôme Kämpf.
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.