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Illustration of switchable wettability © S. Yoon, TH Shen, V. Tileli

Scientists overcome a hurdle on the path to renewable-energy storage

— EPFL scientists have observed how catalysts behave at the particle level during water electrolysis. Catalysts play a crucial role in this reaction, in which water splits into hydrogen and oxygen. By shedding light on the underlying mechanism of the functional role of catalysts during the reaction, the scientists have made an important discovery for the design of renewable-energy storage systems.

© Alain Herzog/EPFL

Impact of electromobility on the power system

— Online workshop on January 25th, 2022.

Kenan Zhang, Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering. © Alain Herzog/EPFL

Kenan Zhang, new professor in transportation at EPFL

— Dr Kenan Zhang, currently Research Assistant at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA, as Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering in the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC)

"Many companies have mobility programs in place to train managers." © iStock

“The EU is hitting the limits in the US system it's modeled after”

— Policymakers need to reconsider the European Union’s heavy promotion of cross-border mobility if they want to preserve cohesion among member states, according to a new book by three researchers drawing on urban sociology studies carried out at EPFL.

Photography of the demonstrator Electromobilis installed in Martigny ©LEPA, 2016

Charging stations can combine hydrogen production and energy storage

— EPFL scientists have developed a new system that addresses two top priorities of the energy transition: clean hydrogen production and large-scale energy storage. Their technology could be particularly useful in transportation applications.

Leona Repnik at the foot of the Grand-Pont, in Lausanne. © Murielle Gerber/2021/EPFL

3D modelling of the Flon river helps engineers plan a new metro line

— Lausanne will soon be getting a new metro line, the m3, but question marks remain over the best way to build the tunnel at the Flon station – already one of the busiest metro stations in French-speaking Switzerland. Leona Repnik, who just graduated from EPFL with an environmental engineering degree, studied this problematic for her Master’s thesis and put forth a feasible solution to this complex problem.

EPFL’s fast-charging station includes an interactive screen where users will be able to select how they’d like to charge their cars. ©Alain Herzog/EPFL

EPFL gets its first fast-charging station for electric vehicles

— A team of EPFL engineers, in association with local businesses and authorities, are testing novel algorithms for the deployment of greener EV fast-charging stations.

The test track – 40 m in diameter and 120 m long – is a first in Europe. © Murielle Gerber/EPFL

EPFL now has its own Hyperloop test track

— Engineers at EPFL’s DESL lab, working in association with EPFL spin-off Swisspod, have built a Hyperloop test track on the Lausanne campus. They will use the loop – a large vacuum tube for ultra-high-speed travel – to test a linear induction motor. The research is being funded by an Innosuisse grant.

Being able to get around other than by car is sometimes a luxury. © iStock

Some urban commuters have no choice but to take their car

— An EPFL study shows that suburban commuters do not necessarily take environmental concerns into account when deciding whether to use their car. Many car commuters – especially those with hectic schedules – feel they have no other choice. That’s especially true when it comes to working mothers.

© 2021 EPFL Swiss Solar Boat, baptisé "Dahu"

Swiss Solar Boat competes with a revolutionary design

— The Swiss Solar Boat is the first solar-powered boat designed entirely by EPFL students. Modeled after a Polynesian canoe, it will compete in the upcoming Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge and, for the first time, have a pilot on bord.

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