Situated in the „European Water Castle“, the Swiss Alps, the activities of Energypolis focus on hydraulic, turbines, dams, water management, green chemistry, industrial energy management and risks mitigation.

The Canton of Valais has a proud history of 100+ years in hydraulic exptertise; hydroelectric power plants produce about a quarter of Swiss electricity.

You find here a coherent and unique ‘Energy-Mix’ including other renewable energies such as thermic solar energy, photo voltaic and biomass.

Examples

From farm residues to biofuels and more

Residues from Brazilian palm oil production turned into furfural and lignin. A much-used industrial compound and a solid fuel.

Biofuel at low cost from lichens

Biofuels from lichens harvesting microalgea can reduce both cost and the enery input, eliminating the remaining bottleneck.

Cheaper solar-energy storage

Cost-effective device with new method for converting and storing solar energy into hydrogen.

Hydrogen from water and sunlight

Low cost electrodes with high percentage energy yield. Cheap hydrogen fuel from the sun, without rare metals.

‘Fueling station’ delivers power or hydrogen

A glimpse into the fueling stations of the future. Pilot hydrogen storage and production facility developed and tested by the EPFL.

On site

Energy Management

Energy for industry

Energy management for the effective use of energy in industries to maximise profits and to enhance competitive positions through organisational measures and optimisation of energy efficiency in the processes.

Smart grid

Smart Grids are electric systems that satisfy both, the increasing demand for power and the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. An electric system that can handle these challenges in a sustainable, reliable and economic way.

Green chemistry

Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances leading to significant environmental benefits, innovation and a strengthened economy.

Resources & Water management

The use of resources in the most efficient way possible. Optimum use of water resources for sustainable water management, a complex task that involves many different activities conducted by many different players.

Renewable Energy

Production of energy generated from natural processes that are continuously replenished and renewed and cannot be exhausted... artificial photosynthesis, perovskite solar cell, hydrogen, biogas, cogeneration.

Energy storage

Developing reliable energy storage systems like electrochemical storage, fuel cells and metal hydrides is critical to the the integration of renewable energy sources and to the controlled use of renewable energy.

Capture and transformation of CO2

Carbon Capture and Utilisation for sustainable and diversified energy supply with lower greenhouse gas emissions. CO2 can be captured from large emitters and transformed into useful chemical products like synthetic fuels.

Professors and experts

Mohammad Nazeeruddin

Molecular engineering of functional materials

Solar Cells
Charge transporting materials
Photophysics
Photochemistry

François Maréchal

Industrial Energy Systems

Process integration
Process design
Energy process modeling
Thermoeconomic optimisation
Renewable Energy

Wendy Queen

Chemical Engineering

Hybrid materials organic-inorganic
Separation of gas mixtures
Storage of small molecular entities and catalyze

Tom Battin

Stream Biofilm and Ecosystem Research

Microbial biofilms and their consequences
Microbial ecology
Carbon and nutrient biogeochemistry and hydrodynamics

Hubert Girault

Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry

Electrophoresis
Electroanalysis
Electron Transfer at Soft Interfaces
Redox Flow Batteries

Jan Van Herle

Industrial Energy Systems

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Coelectrolysis of steam and CO2

Andreas Züttel

Materials for Renewable Energy

Energy storage materials
Hydrogen
Hydrides
Hydrocarbons

Berend Smit

Molecular simulation

Energy storage
Surfaces and biological membranes

Partners

HES-SO

The largest University of Applied Science in Switzerland comprises 28 schools of higher education with 19’400 students and six faculties for Design and Fine Arts, Business Management and Services, Engineering and Architecture, Music and Performing Arts, Health and Social Work.