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Record solar hydrogen production with concentrated sunlight

— A smart device is capable of producing large amounts of clean hydrogen. By concentrating sunlight, their device uses a smaller amount of the rare, costly materials that are required to produce hydrogen, yet it still maintains a high solar-to-fuel efficiency.

Lausanne Racing Team unveils an electric racing car

— EPFL is set to make its debut in Formula Student this year, pitting a brand-new electric racing car developed by Lausanne Racing Team – and unveiled at an event at the Rolex Learning Center on Tuesday, 9 April – against other universities in races held across Europe.

Examining the highly organized lives of long-distance commuters

— When both parents face lengthy commutes to work, how do families handle the additional stress? An EPFL scientist took an in-depth look at the strategies these parents use for managing their time wisely and dealing with unexpected challenges.

Cable cars could reshape urban landscapes

— For his thesis at EPFL, Fernando Simas studied how cable cars could be an appealing transportation option for city commuters, and how they could be incorporated into tomorrow’s urban landscapes.

EPFLoop in the running again

— The EPFLoop team – which took home third place in last year’s Hyperloop Pod Competition – has been selected to compete again, making it one of around 20 short-listed teams that will head to California this summer.

Web application helps urban planners design cities

— EPFL researchers have developed a web-based software program that takes a whole new approach to urban planning. Planners simply enter the various objectives they want to achieve – in terms of built density, quality of life, cost, use of renewable energy, etc. – and the program generates the best possible variants for their city.

“I've decided to give up my car”

— What are the factors that would drive someone to change their lifestyle and, especially, give up their car? EPFL visiting researcher Alexandre Rigal has devoted his thesis to finding out.

More energy-efficient cruise ships

— An EPFL researcher has developed a system based on fuel cells to reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of cruise ships, which are increasingly popular among vacation goers around the world.

Reserve your driving time to reduce traffic congestion

— For his thesis, EPFL PhD student Raphaël Lamotte studied rush-hour traffic congestion. He suggests implementing a system whereby commuters reserve time on a special traffic lane – like booking a seat on a flight – to help cities accommodate a growing number of car-sharing programs and, eventually, self-driving cars.

EPFL part of Europe's largest research initiative on urban mobility

— The MOBiLus consortium, made up of nearly 50 organizations including EPFL, has just won major EU financing to study new approaches to urban transportation.

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