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Energy research at EPFL
EPFL’s research in energy encompasses the five sectors: efficiency, conversion, storage, systems, and society. Take a tour of the labs!
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), efficiency policies could enable the world to achieve more than 40% of the emissions cuts needed to reach its climate goals without new technology. At EPFL, energy efficiency research covers a vast number of aspects such as power-to-gaz and cogeneration, building design, industrial separation processes, small scale turbomachinery, (…)
Energy storage is the biggest challenge drawn by the transformation of the energy system. The shift from fissile and fossil fuels to renewable energy carriers imply the development of affordable storage systems at an unprecendented scale. EPFL laboratories address energy storage from fundamental to applied research, including materials theory and simulation, metal organic frameworks, and (…)
Conversion technologies allow the transformation of energy forms and thus the harvesting of all sources of energy, be they the Sun’s electromagnetic radiation, the Earth’s internal heat, thermonuclear fusion, or the fall of dammed water. EPFL ranks amongst the World’s leading institutions in energy research, addressing highly competitive topics such as perovskite solar cells, thermo/electro/photochemistry, (…)
Along with decentralization and decarbonization, digitalization is the third “D” describing the current worldwide energy transition. Using the campus as a grid laboratory, EPFL researchers develop breakthrough technologies for the electrical grid control and stabilization. For instance, the digitalization of hydropower generation is investigated in large international and interdisciplinary projects and the continent’s energy system (…)
The energy system is not only a connected collection of physical and chemical devices. Society, e.g. human beings, is at the heart of it. New energy technologies must be acceptable, manageable, and affordable. To make it most effective and complete, energy research at EPFL fully embraces topics such human-environment interactions, urban sociology and economics, and (…)
EPFL’s startups are working in various fields of energy such as storage, monitoring, measurement systems, smart systems, photovoltaics, water management and many more.
Discover playfully how energy choices affect your carbon footprint and calculate your energy consumption.
Mediacom EPFL’s Energy Center has developed an information platform on energy transition. In particular, it proposes a national energy calculator to develop scenarios for Switzerland’s energy future…
Mediacom «Mission possible» combines scientific rigor and good fun to help us understand the carbon impact of our personal energy choices. The video game has just been previewed at the energy-themed International Exhibition in Astana…