Geothermal energy is already used intensively in Switzerland, mainly by means of geothermal probes that collect heat from the ground to provide heat and hot water for buildings. However, the heat from deeper layers of the earth is hardly used: If one were to drill 1000 m and deeper, one would come across an enormous heat reservoir that can be used for heating purposes, industrial processes and electricity production. Weiterlesen

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The Swiss Environment and Energy Innovation Monitor carried out an online survey amongst 129 Swiss startups from the Energy and Environment sectors following a similar survey in 2020 focusing on COVID-19 effects, their work organisation, financing challenges and internationalization plans. Weiterlesen

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Sustainable propulsion systems for passenger and freight vehicles are one of the major challenges in reshaping Switzerland’s energy supply. Among the multitude of technical problems is the development of compact turbo compressors, which play a central role in hydrogen-powered electric trucks, for example. Weiterlesen

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Energy efficiency is at the core of the transition towards a more resilient and sustainable energy system. It takes innovative solutions to reduce industrial energy consumption to a level where the remaining demand can be supplied from renewable sources.

In response to this challenge, the SFOE research programme on Industrial Processes dedicates one million Swiss Francs to a competitive call for application-oriented research proposals in the area of industrial energy efficiency. Expecting that successful projects will deliver publicly assessable results with the potential to generate significant positive impacts. Weiterlesen

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Wind turbines belong at locations with good wind, that goes without saying. In order for the wind to be converted into a good electricity yield, wind turbine operators must take numerous factors into account. Weiterlesen

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India provides unprecedented opportunities to scale solar and wind power, making it one of the forerunners of a world heading towards a sustainable future. However, there is one basic challenge that India must face: the intermittency of renewables. The article by Peter Freudenstein, an energy and climate change policy analyst and a Mercator Fellow, suggests methods that India can adopt to solve its problem. Weiterlesen

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Does your company wish to engage in research and development of CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) or Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies?
Do you want to gear up, contribute to Switzerland’s climate-neutrality by 2050, and strengthen Switzerland’s role as a hub of innovation in low and negative emission technologies?
Do you want to undertake pilot and demonstration projects together with European, US-American and Indian partners, as well as innovators from the Canadian province of Alberta? Weiterlesen

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India is the second largest energy consumer in the world. Over the last five years, the country has made considerable progress towards achieving universal access to modern energy, including clean fuel for cooking and electricity, affordable and secure energy for its citizens. Weiterlesen

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Science and engineering driven technologies have the potential to transform humanity’s biggest challenges into solvable problems. Kickstart Innovation bridges the gap between scaleups and Swiss corporations, cities, universities and other organisations to accelerate deep tech innovation and to create an overlaying innovation ecosystem. Weiterlesen

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General overview
China is both the world’s biggest clean energy investor and the world’s largest CO2 emitter. It is on track to becoming the world’s renewable energy superpower: China is the world’s largest producer, exporter and installer of solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and electric vehicles.

Even though renewable energy investments declined from $122 billion in 2017 to $86 billion in 2018, China still has by far the largest capacity. It also has a clear lead in terms of the underlying technology, with well over 150,000 renewable energy patents as of 2016, 29% of the global total. The next closest country is the U.S., which had a little over 100,000 patents, with Japan and the E.U. having close to 75,000 patents each.

The share of non-fossil fuels in China’s total electricity mix is on course to hit 32-34% in 2020. With increasing demand, China added about 40 GW of solar and 40 GW of coal in 2019. There is a lot of room for renewable energy, since coal’s share in China’s primary energy mix was still 58% in 2018 and electricity demand keeps growing. Weiterlesen

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