The fifth edition of the Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days will take place in the French-speaking part of Switzerland - the "Romandie" - from August 19 to 22, 2018.
Join us on a energy tour through one of the most innovative and at the same time picture-perfect regions of Switzerland. A few highlights: Geneva, the largest city in the French-speaking part, has a pioneering approach in its energy policy, aiming at zero CO2 emissions and 100% renewable energy in 2050. The Services Industriels de Genève SIG, the local supplier of energy services, supports this goal with highly innovative solutions. Energy is also one of the main research topics of the University of Geneva. Lake Geneva is Western Europe's largest lake and the cantons of Geneva, Vaud and Valais are the biggest wine-producing regions in Switzerland. In the Valais mountains, you can find some of the largest and most impressive dams in the world. Lausanne hosts not only the University of Lausanne but also the EPFL, one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. The CSEM, a national research and innovation center very active in the energy field, is located in Neuchâtel. The School of Management and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD) in Yverdon-les-Bains provides large expertise in the field of energy systems. The Y-Parc-Swiss Technopole, the largest technology park in Switzerland, is also located in Yverdon. Fribourg host the University of Fribourg (UNIFR), the School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR), the smart living lab, a joint initiative of the State of Fribourg, EPFL, UNIFR and HEIA-FR, as well as the innovation district blueFACTORY. The City of Sion is the location of the Energypolis Campus, which belongs to the extended EPFL campus in Western Switzerland.
The French-speaking part of Switzerland with its universities, Schools of Engineering, innovation accelerators and many companies active in the fields of energy and cleantech, is indeed a hotspot for energy innovation. This is also demonstrated by the fact, that students from EPFL, the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg, the Geneva School of Art and Design and the University of Fribourg have won the 2017 edition of the Solar Decathlon in Denver, an academic competition awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Check out the program (version as of July 1, 2018).