Who are we

Welcome to our website, brought to you by the dedicated teams at Empa and ETH. Our goal is to connect, inform, and engage with stakeholders while we develop scalable and sustainable technologies. Focused on improving technology readiness, we rigorously test our solutions in cutting-edge facilities, steering towards a more sustainable future.

Areas of work

Our research covers a broad range of technologies, small and large scale systems.

Cyber-physical systems

The ongoing digitalization interconnects buildings to form a dynamic ecosystem. The dramatic increase of complexity requires new toolsets to operate such a system of systems more efficiently. We develop and validate such tools on research and commercial establishments.

Sustainable mobility

Electric vehicles not only contribute to low carbon footprint lifestyles but have to more to offer. The available flexibility can support our energy system to function more efficiently, which leads to improved social welfare.

Digital twin

We develop a virtual replica of the physical system, which accurately mimics its components and operation. With continuous data streams, we can operate both the physical system and the digital copies in parallel in real-time, which offer unique and precise insights to support decision makings.

Sustainable automation

One key to cleaner energy lies in digital transformation and smart energy system, but the elephant in the room is the associated rise in resouce consumption. Can we mitigate this issue? With a range of proof-of-concept experimental studies, we show that powering the intelligence of a smart energy system with e-wastes (e.g., smart phones) is technically feasible. We can go beyond just "common charger for mobile devices".

Open Student Projects

Are you eager to tackle real-world sustainability challenges using data and technology? Join us in our ongoing projects where you can apply your skills and creativity. Engage with cutting-edge research, contribute to impactful solutions, and gain hands-on experience in sustainability, smart cities, and more.