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Households in the countryside have larger carbon footprints than those in the city. © iStockphoto.com/AJ_Watt

Our carbon footprint is highly impacted by how we live

— Swiss households have excessively large carbon footprints. However, that footprint depends more on socio-economic status than location – whether the household is in the countryside or the city – because people travel more in the country but consume more in cities.

EPFL Racing Team's students spent a day demonstrating their technical expertise to qualify. ©Alain Herzog/EPFL

A summer of speed for EPFL Racing

— EPFL and its electric single-seater racing car will take part in Formula Student motor racing competitions in Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany this summer.

Les petits robots de Foldaway haptics recouvrent l'arrière du concept car présenté au CES 2020© Mercedes-Benz VISION AVTR Footage

EPFL spin-off's tiny robots turn heads in Las Vegas

— Yesterday evening, tiny robots developed by EPFL spin-off Foldaway Haptics were the center of attention at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The 33 “bionic flaps,” installed on a concept car from German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz, moves bodywork parts in response to the driver’s decisions and interacts with the public.

© 2019 EPFL

Capturing CO2 from trucks and reducing their emissions by 90%

— Researchers at EPFL have patented a new concept that could cut trucks’ CO2 emissions by almost 90%. It involves capturing CO2 within the exhaust system, converting it into a liquid and storing it on the vehicle. The liquid CO2 would then be delivered to a service station and where it will be turned back into fuel using renewable energy.

SP80 will develop a prototype in 2020, which it will test on Lake Geneva in 2021. © Alain Herzog/2019 EPFL

A three-year journey to break the world speed sailing record

— A team of EPFL alumni and students, working under the name SP80, are developing an innovative sailboat that could reach speeds of 150km/h.

© istock / 2019 EPFL

Eliminating cracks in 3D-printed metal components

— Researchers at EPFL have developed a new laser 3D-printing technique to manufacture metal components with unprecedented resistance to high temperature, damage and corrosion. The method has applications in fields ranging from aerospace to power-generating turbines.

EPFL’s specialist knowledge makes it a particularly attractive partner for a company like SBB. ©istock

EPFL hosts a new SBB innovation unit

— Swiss Federal Railways opened a new innovation unit today at EPFL’s Innovation Park, further deepening its ties with the School.

Car, motorcycle and scooter owners are no longer wedded to their vehicles. ©istock

Geneva's commuters embrace multimodal transport

— Researchers at EPFL have carried out an in-depth survey of commuter practices in Greater Geneva – the area covering Geneva Canton, the Nyon region and neighboring parts of France.

Pilots Fabian Canal and Ilona Peltier © 2019 IUT Annecy

Bike designed with artificial intelligence breaks world speed records

— An aerodynamic bike that was designed using software from Neural Concept, a spin-off from the Computer Vision Laboratory (CVLab) in the EPFL School of Computer and Communication Sciences, has broken two world records for cycling speed.

The Swiss transport sector has become the country’s leading CO2 emitter. © iStock

The right carbon tax to reduce the impact of transport in Switzerland

— Using macroeconomic modeling, EPFL researchers have identified the most effective carbon tax for Switzerland to meet the Paris Agreement targets: a uniform levy on gasoline, diesel fuel and heating oil, rising steadily to 1.70 francs per liter by 2050. 

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