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Zurich43 Retreat 2023: Energy Demystified

From January 23–24, 2023, Z43 participants gathered at Huus Gstaad, nestled between the snowy peaks of the Bernese Alps, for the 2023 retreat on the topic "Energy Demystified - Science & Technology, Economics & Scalability, & Behaviorism."


Life as we know it can continue into the future only if fossil fuels are rapidly replaced with renewable energy sources and combined with a drastic increase in efficient usage. However, the progress on the transition to next generation energy is slow. Where do we stand at Z43, in Switzerland, and globally with regard to a zero emissions target? How far have technologies progressed, and what are the most urgent gaps and needs that research must address?

These and other questions were discussed at this year's Z43 retreat, entitled "Energy Demystified - Science & Technology, Economics & Scalability, & Behaviorism," held at Huus Gstaad, January 23–24, 2023.

Traditionally, the program consists of book presentations, supplemented as appropriate by internet research and other scientific sources. This year's retreat featured Vaclav Smil's "Energy and Civilization: A History" and "How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We're Going," "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need" by Bill Gates, and "Sustainable Energy -Without the Hot Air" by David J. C. MacKay. Prof. em. Anton Gunzinger was invited as a guest speaker to present his book "Kraftwerk Schweiz – So gelingt die Energiewende".

Presentations covered the history of energy and energy resources, the evaluation of efficiency and emissions, energy consumption in Switzerland and the rest of the world, and the various technologies that offer zero emissions or neutrality, such as nuclear power, solar energy, wind and hydro energy, geothermal energy, and bioenergy. These were complemented by reviews of energy distribution and storage infrastructure, CO2 harvesting, and synthetic fuels.

In addition to country-specific and global figures on energy consumption, figures including grey energy consumed at Z43 were also assessed. In June 2020, our 500-kW heat pump, which exchanges heat with the groundwater stream that runs 30 meters below our site, and photovoltaic cells to generate electricity were put into operation. The energy is continuously monitored can be viewed here. To date, this has resulted in a reduction of CO2 emissions of close to 200,000 cubic meters compared to our previous situation of gas burners in the basement and warm-water panels on the roof. In addition, we switched to electricity from 100% renewable sources by subscribeing to companies that exclusively generate electricity by hydro, wind, and solar power.

The evaluation shows that the transport of sold goods has the highest energy consumption and CO2 emissions, followed by the grey energy related to the goods sold. In third place is energy consumption in the buildings, now with neglectible CO2 emissions.

The implications of these findings and the potential to pursue “low-hanging-fruit” measures to significantly reduce our carbon footprint were discussed in working groups. Z43 is committed to further refining and implementing these findings in the short term to become more sustainable.

A big thank you to all participants for their great work and perseverance during the two very busy and discussion-filled days!


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Participants of the Zurich43 Retreat 2023.

 

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Mar 15, 2011

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Golden Validation Device

The Golden Validation Device is a very stable, reliable and easy-to-use calibrated reference source for SAR and OTA measurements. It is a stand-alone device that can be used anywhere without connection to a network. The antenna is well-matched under different loading conditions to provide a reliable output.

 
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Feb 10, 2011

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SEMCAD X v14.4.3 Release

The SEMCAD X Team is pleased to announce the release of SEMCAD X v14.4.3, an update of SEMCAD X Aletsch v14.4.

 
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Three Papers Selected as Highlights of 2010 by the Journal Physics in Medicine and Biology Relied on SPEAG's Advanced Products SEMCAD X & DASY52 NEO

Three papers relying on SPEAG's products in the execution of their studies were among the 30 articles selected by the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology as the Highlights of 2010

 
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Jan 17, 2011

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iSAR² V2.3 Software Release

Fast SAR measurements are now faster than ever (less than one second).  Also, combined SAR evaluation of simultaneous transmitters and new flexibility for comparison of iSAR² measurements with DASY or other iSAR² measurements have been introduced. This further cuts the time spent on quality assurance, prototype evaluation and pre-compliance testing of wireless devices.

 
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Jan 2, 2011

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Exhibitions and Workshops 2011

SPEAG will be exhibiting at the following conferences and exhibitions this year. If you would like to arrange a demo or meeting, or are interested in attending a technical workshop, please send an email to semx-support@speag.swiss.

 
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Dec 31, 2010

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DASY52 Software Release V52.6

We are pleased to announce a new release of DASY52. This release not only resolves reported bugs, but also incorporates important new features that result in reduced measurement time, more flexibility and implementation of new measurement protocols arising from the IEC/IEEE standardization committees. Furthermore, many features have been added for the DASY52NEO users.

 
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iSAR Discounts & Packages

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SEMCAD X V14.4.0 Aletsch

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SEMCAD X v14.2.4 Release

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SEMCAD X Student Research Award 2009 Winners

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