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Mitulkumar Suthar, Lead Engineering, Ed Green, CTO et Masoud Talebi Amiri, Co-founder and CEO  of Qaptis, in front of the prototype installed at Tolochenaz © 2023 Alain Herzog

New technology can collect CO2 from a truck's exhaust pipe

— EPFL spin-off Qaptis has developed a system that can cut freight trucks’ carbon emissions by up to 90%. The company just installed a prototype of its technology at a freight carrier based in Tolochenaz in order to conduct pilot tests locally.


Ultrathin films achieve record hydrogen separation

— Scientists at EPFL have synthesized the first ever metal-organic frameworks membrane with thickness of just one unit cell. The ultrathin film yields record-high separation performance of hydrogen–nitrogen.

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Computational Model Paves the Way for More Efficient Energy Systems

— EPFL researchers make theoretical breakthrough in thermoelectric material to better harness waste heat for sustainable energy.

The team of students is working on a unique prototype that uses graphene membranes combined with a porous, sponge-like material. ©Alain Herzog/EPFL

EPFL Carbon Team aims to capture CO2 with sieves and sponges

— The team of students is working on a unique prototype that uses graphene membranes combined with a porous, sponge-like material to pull carbon from the atmosphere. The technology will soon be tested on an EPFL campus, with the captured CO2 used to produce carbonated water.

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An Organic Semiconductor PEC Tandem Cell for Solar Water Splitting

— LIMNO reports major advance in the photoelectrochemical (PEC) splitting of water into H2 and O2 using organic semiconductors.

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Pathways to Net zero CO2 and security supply – new report by SAAS

— Switzerland has committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, an ambitious target that can only be reached thanks to rapid and concerted action, as shown in a new report by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences co-authored by Prof. Jean-Louis Scartezzini.

Greenhousescan  run on their own energy with Voltiris' solar modules © 2022 Voltiris

With new solar modules, greenhouses run on their own energy

— Plants use light waves from only a portion of the spectrum for photosynthesis – the remainder can be recovered and used to generate solar power. That’s the idea behind the solar modules developed by EPFL startup Voltiris. Following encouraging preliminary results, a new pilot installation was recently installed in Graubünden.

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Ebtikar Technology Challenge

— An innovation challenge designed to empower refugees in the Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan through the use of digital fabrication technology to solve different refugee-identified issues in the camp: water management, education, transportation, security measures, and energy/power. 

A l'EPFL, Selina Heiniger a étudié le génie civil. © Alain Herzog / EPFL

Turning plastic waste into building bricks

— SUMMER SERIES – Master's project (4). For her Master’s project in civil engineering, Selina Heiniger took on a challenge that’s aligned with her desire to help preserve the environment. She’s developing a new building material that’s made from plastic waste, concrete and terracotta.

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Middle East and Africa Energy Innovation Virtual Hackathon

— Take part in this global hackathon! 48 hours to turn the 15 finalist ideas into real prototypes. Win the $5.000 prize for the best idea. Submit your idea individually or in a team of up to 4 people. You can apply as many times as you have innovative ideas. 

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