24.11.2020

Energy Lab set to deliver innovations for the energy transition

 

Lucerne – The newly founded NTN Innovation Booster Energy Lab is an open network of more than 200 Swiss partners under the leadership of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The consortium will aim to devise and implement innovative energy concepts through interdisciplinary collaborations.

 

The NTN Innovation Booster Energy Lab is only scheduled to officially begin its work in January 2021. Nevertheless, with such a huge dynamic having already been created, the first of a total of 50 planned projects has just been launched, writes the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) in a press release. The projects should lead to innovations being realized in the areas of production, storage and usage of renewable energies that can also be commercialized.

 

The consortium is composed of more than 200 members and is being strategically directed by HSLU. In addition to the Innovation Park Central Switzerland and NEST – the research and innovation platform of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and Eawag (the water research institute of the ETH Domain) – the membership includes many other institutions, all universities of applied sciences in Switzerland as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). The Energy Lab has received financial support in the amount of 1.5 million Swiss francs for an initial period of four years from Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency.

 

More than 200 companies are already connected via the Innovation Park Central Switzerland. And, as the press release explains, this number is set to rise further in the future: “After all, the Energy Lab is an open network that interested parties can contribute to at any time”.

 

“The challenges are so complex that they can no longer be solved by individual measures. Instead, they require large-scale collaborations with the involvement of industry, politics, science and society”, explains Project Leader and HSLU professor, Ludger Fischer, in the press release. “The solutions will offer the economy concrete added value and can therefore be implemented!”, Fischer adds.


Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts



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