Swiss start-up shakes up solar sector

  ELN News Editor Priyanka Shrestha visits Swiss start-up Flisom’s production facility in Niederhasli where it is manufacturing flexible and customisable solar panels. Watch to find out more about the innovative technology.

New flexible and customisable solar modules unveiled

  A highly flexible, thin and light solar panel has officially been launched in Switzerland. Flisom’s new technology is said to be 98% thinner and lighter than traditional solar panels currently available on the market. The jet black modules are rollable and customizable and can be used in the roofs and facades of buildings as […]

EU and Switzerland to link carbon markets

The Swiss Federal Council has approved a deal to link the carbon markets of the nation with the European Union. The Emissions Trading System (ETS) aims to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated by the sectors responsible for the most emissions. The European Commission has submitted its ratification to the EU Council for […]

Flexible solar panels get ready to roll out

A Swiss solar firm has developed a thin, lightweight and rollable photovoltaic panel. Flisom’s new technology offers a 20 times higher power to weight ratio than standard silicon solar panels and can achieve world record conversion efficiencies of 20.4% in a Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) cell. The company, headquartered in Zurich, has spent over a […]

Switzerland votes nuclear out, renewables in

Switzerland has voted to phase out nuclear power in favour of renewable energy. A public referendum decided to adopt an energy plan that will eventually replace all nuclear energy with solar, wind and hydropower generation. Swiss voters passed the energy plan with a more than 58% majority in support. There’s currently no timeframe for the nuclear shutdown but the process is expected to begin in […]

Swiss vote against quick nuclear phase-out

Switzerland has voted not to phase out nuclear energy production sooner than originally planned. The results of a referendum on Sunday saw 55% of voters wanting to stick to the original energy plan timeline, defeating the 45% who want to get rid of nuclear power as soon as possible. Activist groups had pushed for the vote since Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011 to reduce […]

Swiss electric bus charges up in 15s

An electric bus which charges up in 15 seconds has hit the streets of Geneva in Switzerland. In the 15 seconds that people spend getting on and off the bus, the system transfers 2.5kWh. That’s enough to keep the bus on its appointed rounds for another three or four stops. Only when it reaches the […]

$500m to help developing countries cut emissions

An investment worth $500 million (£330m) will be made to help developing countries implement their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions plans. The World Bank made the announcement backed by Sweden, Germany, Norway and Switzerland at the COP21 climate conference in Paris. The ‘Transformative Carbon Asset Facility’ will create new carbon assets associated with reduced greenhouse gas emission […]

Swiss CO2 capture plant to help grow vegetables

A commercial-scale plant which captures CO2 will be built in Switzerland, with the greenhouse gas to be used to improve vegetable growth. It will be operated by Zurich-based Climeworks, a spin-off company from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). It will use a so-called Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology, which relies on a novel filter to extract […]

Nespresso pours $550m for sustainable cuppas

Nestle’s Nespresso plans to spend 500 million Swiss Francs (£329m) in the next six years towards curbing its impact on the environment. The sustainability programme named ‘Positive Cup’ includes a range of commitments, including plans to invest 15 million francs (£9.9m) to help farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan as well as source 100% […]