Switzerland leads the way in sustainable energy options: solar power, wind turbines, biomass, bio-diesel, bio-gas, thermal engineering and hydraulics. While energy needs are rising at 2% a year, federal energy legislation calls for 50% of Swiss energy to be produced by renewable sources by 2030.
Geneva is seeing the emergence of a cluster of clean-tech companies, backed by global players such as ABB Sécheron, DuPont de Nemours and Sunpower Systems. Start-up and local companies such as Cleanfizz or TVP Solar can count on the support and creativity of various institutions for their development. Training programs, applied research, tech transfer and coaching are available, together with outstanding competences from hepia, the University of Geneva, CERN and SIG. Geneva also hosts key events in the clean-tech sector such as the European Future Energy Forum.
"We are already playing a role independently and we want to be part of a clean-tech cluster here, working with start-ups and helping them to be successful."
Simone Arizzi, Global Technology Manager, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
Geneva International Airport has acquired 282 UHV flat thermal solar panels based on a technology developed at CERN and transferred to SRB Energy. Piggybacking on the Spanish industrial Grupo Segura, this start-up is marketing a Swiss-quality, 100% European-made, high-tech product. The airport’s solar field will be the largest of its kind in Europe.
‘‘Our interest in Geneva was related to the opportunity to stay close to different European markets. From a logistical point of view, Geneva is close to Italy, Germany, France and the UK. We also knew that we could get access to qualified resources already here through cooperation with leading institutions. For example, we have hired IMD graduates and high-level technicians in electrical engineering and design with experience at CERN. Geneva is also a place where we can attract people, because it is known to have a good range of services for them and their families.”
Mario Riello, EMEA Sales Director, SunPower, Utility and Power Plants Division