On Friday, 12th of March, the first Pitch Jury meeting took place online.
It was the occasion to welcome them to the Energy Lab and to get to know better the different backgrounds and fields of expertise of our team.
After a short introduction to the Pitch Jury roles and duties and an explanation of the organizational procedures, we closed our session with a fruitful discussion on the evaluation criteria and funding management.
It was great to see such a dynamic and enthusiastic pool of experts eager to start evaluating pitches. Click here for the presentation.
We can hardly wait for our first Pitch&Enrich workshop scheduled for the end of April. Stay tuned.
Energy Lab Kickoff - 29.01.2021
Today we launched the Energy Lab with over 70 participants. In a three-hour workshop the participants could learn everything about the Lab, get to know the community, ask questions and test the working tools.
We are ready to take-off and to boost your challenges now!
You can find all the information about the kickoff meeting below.
Presentation at this year's Joint Conference - 22.10.2020
On Thursday, 22 October 2020, the Energy Lab was presented at this year’s conference of the Innovation Park Central Switzerland in collaboration with NEST, the research and innovation platform of Empa and Eawag. The virtual conference was held under the motto “Form Surviving to Thriving”. After two inspiring and future-oriented keynote speeches, the participants were introduced to the concept of the Energy Lab. In this way we were able to arouse the interest of various people and companies and bring new participants on board.
Energy Lab. Update and Ideation Workshop - 26.06.2020
On Friday, 26 June 2020, the first open Energy Lab workshop took place at NEST, the modular research and innovation building of Empa and Eawag in Dübendorf. After a comprehensive introduction about the lab, its purpose and organization, three industry partners pitched challenges:
– sustainable bitumen production
– the development of an energy concept for a modular, midsize district
– a prosumer-driven energy market
In groups of 6-8 participants, the challenges were discussed and further developed with the intention of creating the foundation for specific, goal-oriented projects by creating a common understanding of the problem(s) at hand. Interesting conclusions were reached and next steps defined. At the same time, a video crew was present and documented this new and promising type of collaboration. The video materials serve as base for the lab’s NTN application and final jury presentation in July. We are looking forward to keeping up the work and extending our network.
Energy Lab. Update and Ideation Workshop
The next Energy Lab. Workshop will take place on June 26th. Due to the current situation it is still open whether the workshop will be physically held at NEST or purely virtual. However, we will certainly create the possibility for a virtual participation again. Content of the Workshop will be following points: – General update on the Energy Lab. (Vision, Mission, Organisation, NTN application, ongoing projects) – Development of our innovation competence based on examples. – Edit 3 New Challenges. We are looking forward to an active participation! Further information here.
New Website and Newsletter for the Energy Lab.
The new Energy Lab. Website is now up and running. Here we will inform about the current activities and projects. We are also launching a newsletter to keep you all even better informed. Off we go!
4th Energy Lab. Workshop
The workshop was primarily dedicated to the following topics:
–The final training and discussions on the «continuous process consisting of the design thinking and ideation principles. –Writing the proposal in the afternoon in a dynamic and agile process with 8 persons, writing and reviewing in parallel.
The initially planned bi-monthly workshops were stopped as the COVID pandemic would not allow longer meetings and travelling which is essential for such creative processes. Thanks to the initiative of the community we met regularly and prepared the next workshop for June 26th.
3rd Energy Lab. Workshop
Our first workshop with real pitches. With support from the company Creaholic and Inventor legend, Elmar Mock, we trained on how to pitch real challenges of companies and how to find the team that may continue with the projects. From the four projects that were presented two were finally followed up with:
–Gjosa SA, to develop an energy and resource efficient shower head for professional hair salons. –FEA the Association professionnelle des appareils électriques pour les ménages et l’industrie suisse, to develop a program for replacement of energy inefficient domestic appliances.
2nd Energy Lab. Workshop
19. 12. 2019
After activation of most relevant universities and research groups in Switzerland which are working on energy questions we organized the first “official” large workshop. Main topics that were discussed and decided on:
–The what, why and how? –Energy questions are not reasonable to limit to a certain very narrow filed. We believe in diversity, in interdisciplinary work and in new opportunities due to a mix of experts from different companies and research institutions. –We will start with the fields of energy and sustainability, energy systems, energy and buildings, energy and digitalization. –We decided that the ecosystem already is strong enough to lift the energy lab, with or without funding. We believed in our capability to create relevant projects with the existing funding schemes of Innosuisse and SFOE.
1st Energy Lab. Workshop
06. 12. 2019
This workshop was the first workshop with a limited number of persons. We developed our principles:
–Climate change is directly connected to “energy”. The topic is too important for our world and economy to not be considered in an NTN –We do not want to create one more research program. Let us work bottom-up. The topics must come from implementation partners. Research will support. –Our vison: We are part of the solution and not part of the problem. –Let us be modern, agile, gender equal, holocratic. It shall be active, serious and we want to have fun as most of our activities will be pro bono. Let us work on topics with impact and business relevance. We realize that somebody has to profit in order to move a project forward.