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David Baur, cofounder of the start-up © 2022 Alain Herzog

Lightweight, ultra-connected seaborne containers

— The composite containers developed by AELER, an EPFL startup, deliver better performance across the board: they’re stronger, have a bigger payload, are better insulated, allow for enhanced tracking and can help cut carbon emissions. More than 60 of the containers are currently crossing oceans around the world, and the firm hopes to grow this number substantially starting next year. 

Jérémie Pochon has built a test bench for evaluating the type of motor that could one day drive the Hyperloop transportation system. © Alain Herzog/EPFL

Giant wheel used to test a linear motor

— Summer series – Master’s project (10). Jérémie Pochon has built a test bench for evaluating the type of motor that could one day drive the Hyperloop transportation system.

© 2022 EPFL's School of Engineering/ Titouan Veuillet

Transforming concentrated solar light, heat and water into hydrogen

— Researchers at the Laboratory of Renewable Energy Science and Engineering (LRESE) and the Group of Energy Materials (GEM), at EPFL’s School of Engineering, have demonstrated a high-temperature electrolysis reactor transforming concentrated solar light and water into hydrogen. By using high temperatures (> 700°C), the reactor requires no rare and expensive materials for the electrochemical reaction. This integrated approach has the potential to reach solar-to-fuel efficiencies larger than that of conventional non-concentrated, solar-driven electrolysis approaches.

Could software that globally coordinates cars avoid traffic jams and congestion? ©Anirudhh Ramesh

Making Intelligent Traffic

— Summer Series – Bachelor’s project (5). Delivering sustainability in traffic is no easy feat. Could software that globally coordinates cars to avoid traffic jams and congestion be the answer?

EPFL researchers have used swarms of drones to measure city traffic. © Dan Muniu/WeRobotics

Monitoring city mobility from the skies

— EPFL researchers have used swarms of drones to measure city traffic with unprecedented accuracy and precision. Algorithms are then used to identify sources of traffic jams and recommend solutions to alleviate traffic problems.

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New laser helps LiDAR for driverless cars

— An international collaboration team of EPFL and Purdue University has developed a hybrid integrated laser that may help the next generation LiDAR for the automotive industry.

Artemis, the latest Formula Student racer of EPFL Racing Team. © Alain Herzog/EPFL

EPFL Racing Team bets on Artemis to bring home the wins

— The team unveiled its latest car yesterday evening at EPFL’s new makerspace. Their speedster will compete in four Formula Student Electric races throughout Europe this summer.

© Alain Herzog/EPFL

Prof. Alahi among 100 Most influential Scholar in Computer Vision

— The professor, head of the Visual intelligence for transportation lab, has received the award delivered by AMiner.

Glider over mountains © iStock /  EPFL 2022

Gliding to Greater Sustainability

— Imagine designing a robotic glider able to accelerate to 800km per hour using only the wind at its back. Combining passion with work, EPFL Professor Pascal Fua is leading research to develop the required capabilities, with important implications for sustainability.

The DESL team hopes to develop a method for certifying batteries for second-life applications. © Alain Herzog/EPFL

Electric car batteries could soon get a second lease on life

— EPFL has joined six other Swiss research institutions in CircuBAT, an initiative selected for the first Innosuisse Flagship program, in order to develop a circular business model for lithium-ion batteries.

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