Climate change, pollution, and the deterioration of ecosystems are problems that are part of our daily lives nowadays. Throughout the world, the development of solutions to reduce the consumption of natural resources and limit greenhouse gas emissions is intensifying. The global cleantech market is worth 2,500 billion euros, with an annual average growth rate of 10.6% over the past 10 years, and it is expected to continue to progress at a rate of 6.5% per annum until 2025.
The canton of Vaud has been active in dealing with these issues for a number of years now via such companies as Leclanché (energy storage solutions) and Romande Energie (development of renewable energies and energy efficiency), as well as being involved with innovative projects such as Bertrand Piccard’s famous SolarImpulse solar aircraft.
In Western Switzerland, the cleantech cluster CleantechAlps is committed to promoting the sector. It helps to support and network companies involved, at the same time integrating the research institutes that are active in cleantech. The EPFL’s environment sciences and engineering faculty and the Ecotechnology faculty at the HEIG-VD in particular are a breeding ground for cutting-edge knowledge and indeed experts. Plenty of start-ups are also emerging in the cleantech sector, most notably in innovative fields such as agritech and smart grids.
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Swissquote is the leading online bank in Switzerland. Since 1997, the company has distinguished itself by offering access to world class financial services to the broadest possible public.
This Japanese group which is active in consumer goods, in particular oral hygiene products, established premises at the Littoral Parc in Etoy in 2009. The similarities between Switzerland and Japan were one of the reasons why the company chose to set up its head-quarters on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Plus sûrs, plus rapides et moins coûteux: les drones de la start-up<br />vaudoise Flyability ont conquis le marché de la vérification d’installations difficiles d’accès.
Twiice gets people with paraplegia back on their feet
Step after step, one foot after the other. Your skis heavy on your feet, your backpack a constant strain, your face drenched in sweat. Pausing to look up, all you see is the steep mountain climb looming ahead. Undeterred, you plant one of your ski poles into the snow, and then the other, and continue your ascent. Welcome to the world of ski touring, a highly demanding yet popular sport that consists of walking up the side of a mountain on your skis for several hours and then, once at the top, skiing back down.
Does trudging up a snowy mountain on skis sound hard? Imagine doing it if you don’t have the use of your legs. That very feat was accomplished by a paraplegic patient in a remarkable demonstration of the lower-limb exoskeleton developed by Vaud-based startup Twiice.
On 9 July 2022, people attending the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Jazz à Vienne festival near Lyon, France, were in for a special treat. One of the jazz ensembles they enjoyed was split up between the two venues – some members of the group were onstage in Montreux, while the rest were in Vienne, nearly 300 kilometers away. Despite the distance, the ensemble delivered a seamless joint performance that was streamed live for spectators at both sites.