A.T.D. Perera: conducting the Energy symphony

— Distributed energy systems play a key role in the global shift toward renewable energy sources. In his PhD thesis defended on May 6th, A.T. D. Perera presents new modeling methods that allow optimizing energy systems design while addressing complex issues, such as the diversity of resources, peak demand and extreme climate events, energy systems interaction and urban micro climate. Highly topical, Dr Perera's thesis work has been widely published: 24 publications in four years at EPFL!

An automated daylighting control system

— Dr. Yujie Wu successfully defended his thesis on Friday, May 3rd. He outlined the concept of an independent, decentralized system with a built-in photometric device to automatically manage the blinds position in buildings. A new step towards the Energy Transition 2050 and living and/or working spaces with low carbon emission.

Jing Gong receives PhD for microstructured glazing

— Jing Gong has received a PhD for her work on a novel daylighting system based on advanced embedded optical microstructures for various facade orientations and climates. The microstructured glazing addresses the glare and overheating issues often encountered in buildings with glazed façades, and aims to improve solar gains in winter.

New award for innovative glazing

— Researchers of the EPFL Solar Energy and Building Physics Lab have won the RailTech Innovation Award 2019 in the Public Transport category. This is the second award this year to recognise a novel glazing developed by Dr Andreas Schueler and his team.

New PhD Dan Assouline: AI sees potential for renewables

— Dan Assouline has obtained a PhD for his thesis "Machine Learning and Geographic Information Systems for large-scale mapping of renewable energy potential" written at the EPFL Solar Energy and Building Physics Lab under the supervision of Dr Nahid Mohajeri and Prof. Jean-Louis Scartezzini. Based on machine learning methods and GIS, his mapping of the Swiss renewable energy potential for different technologies yields valuable information for the definition of regional energy strategies as well as methods that are applicable in different regions of the World. Furthermore, his studies suggest that it is effectively possible to cover the energy needs of Switzerland solely with renewables.

Oliva Bouvard obtains PhD for research in thin film coatings

— Low-e insulation glazing has ceased to generate Faraday cages and novel electrochromic coatings were developed thanks to Olivia Bouvard's research in thin film coatings. On Friday 18 January she obtained her PhD for the two research projects, one of which has already found practical application in an award winning project on railway energy efficiency.

LESO-PB technology helps win the 2019 Watt d'Or

— Railway company BLS SA has won this year’s Watt d’Or award for its highly energy-efficient NINA trains. Among the technology featured in the trains is a special kind of window glass developed at EPFL’s Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory (LESO-PB). The award was given out by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy at a ceremony on 10 January.

SPIE non-imaging optics best paper award to Jing Gong

— Jing Gong et al. have received the best paper award in non-imaging optics for their paper Feasibility study on a novel daylighting system with embedded micro compound parabolic concentrators (CPCs), presented at the SPIE Optical Engineering & Applications Conference of 19-20 August 2018, in San Diego, CA, USA .

Inauguration of new Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM)

— LESO-PB’s research group nanotechnology for Solar Energy Conversion inaugurates its new Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM). The new STM allows investigating the topography of surfaces with atomic resolution as well as the electronic properties of nanocrystalline thin films on the nanometric scale.

EPFL unveils SolAce, a solar-powered pilot unit in Dübendorf

— EPFL’s SolAce pilot unit was inaugurated today at the NEST R&D center on the Empa campus in Dübendorf, Switzerland. Researchers at this solar-powered unit will test out new technology designed to make buildings energy positive and carbon neutral – while providing maximum comfort for their occupants.

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