For the energy of tomorrow


Until now, power has simply flowed from our plug sockets and has not been something we have had to worry about. This cherished luxury is now in question. Issues such as a potential energy shortage and energy saving measures are moving society, while “power shortage” has been chosen as the Word of the Year 2022.

We venture a look to the future in our “Energy” Dossier. What should the energy of the future look like? With this focus, we provide an insight into the wide-ranging research being conducted at the ZHAW. We show what solutions for safe, clean and affordable energy might look like.

Without harnessing the great potential offered by solar energy, the energy transition in Switzerland is unlikely to succeed. This is what ZHAW researchers such as Franz Baumgartner predicted some ten years ago in the university magazine “Impact”. The Programme Director for Energy and Environmental Engineering Studies has been proven right. An accelerated expansion of renewable energies is both necessary and possible – and this can be achieved without placing an excessive burden on nature and the landscape or undermining efforts to protect listed buildings and monuments.

Illustrator Till Martin has also thought something up for you: His solar-powered clothes dryer on the cover uses the power of the wind and the sun and is also suitable for emergency power generation.

If you want to say goodbye to your oil or gas heating system, you can find tips from the ZHAW’s competence centre for heat pumps. As saving energy works better if you know all about energy consumption, we will also test your knowledge in our energy quiz.

And finally, we ask that you continue to be courageous in your efforts to save energy to ensure we are spared more uncomfortable times.  


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