Following his solar-powered flight around the globe under the name of Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard created the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions to boost the adoption of profitable solutions to protect the environment. Through the Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions Label, Bertrand launched a challenge to select 1000 solutions that are both environmentally friendly and profitable. The aim is to present them to decision-makers to fast-track their implementation as well as push governments to adopt more ambitious energy policies and environmental targets.
So far, five solutions from Switzerland have received the Label including two that were nominated following the recent selection in March. The two solutions are:
GridEyes by DEPsys
The GridEye is a versatile real-time control platform allows power grid operators to design, operate, monitor, analyze, and automate any power distribution grid. The platform allows grid operators to feed large quantities of renewable energies into their grids from decentralized sources but also manage and control microgrids and neighbourhood solutions. Distribution network operators in the DACH region - with over 100 installations in Switzerland - Europe and worldwide use the platform to integrate intelligent grid management technologies. Thanks to the solution, DEPsys enables traditional low-voltage electricity networks to cope with the new constraints of decentralized production from renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaic systems and wind turbines, as well as emerging storage technologies.
The solar Impulse Label adds to the company's collection of accolades achieved since its foundation in 2012. "We are more than happy to be part of this initiative that sets itself the objective of making the world a better place to live, and this for the long run", according to Depsys.
Wind Energy 2.0 by TwingTec
Promoting Wind Energy 2.0, Twingtech developed an innovative and sustainable energy solution that unlocks the full power of the wind. According to a report from the international renewable energy agency, 6 TW of wind power generation is needed by 2050 to reach the climate targets. The growth projections of current wind turbine technology indicate an installed volume of 3 TW by 2050 leaving a gap of several terawatts. Horizontal axis wind turbines have limitations which restrain both economically and technically their penetration potential.
TwingTec fills this gap by offering a new wind energy technology which provides key benefits over wind turbines. TwingPower builds on minimal material usage (no tower and no foundation are needed), the compact and mobile units can be fast and easily deployed, higher altitudes and stronger winds can be accessed as well as the strong off-shore winds in deep water, where the potential for Europe only is estimated to be 4 TW. TwingPower enables new sites for wind energy, higher capacity factors up to 60% and more reducing the need for storage and opportunity to reduce the levelised costs of energy of wind by at least a factor two. TwingTec's goal is to speed up the transition to sustainable energy by unlocking the full power of wind, a key element of a 100 % renewable world.