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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.

Criticity of solar systems - PhD Pietro Florio

— Facade and roof integrated solar systems provide more and more of our electricity and hot water, but what place can they take in urban areas of historical and architectural relevance? In his doctoral thesis, defended on 14 September 2018, Pietro Florio, MArch of Politecnico di Torino, explored their urban integration potential as a function of insolation, urban context sensitivity and visibility.

Outstanding paper award Perera et al.

— Congratulations to A.T.D. Perera, Silvia Coccolo, Jean-Louis Scartezzini and Dasaraden Mauree, winners of 2017 Applied Energy ICEA outstanding paper award.

Jean-Louis Scartezzini elected to Swiss Academies of Arts & Sciences

— Prof. Jean-Louis Scartezzini has been elected Member of the new Energy Commission of the Swiss Academy of Arts and Sciences (a+).

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