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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 subscribing 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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May 31, 2015

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Award for the Best Symposium Paper at the APEMC2015 Conference to the Developers of the ICEy and TDS Technologies

Our paper “EMC/EMI Near-field Testbed for EM Phasor Measurements Using Active Optical Sensors,” featuring the latest research in near-field EMC/EMI scanning technologies implemented in SPEAG’s TDS and ICEy systems, was awarded the Best Symposium Paper Award at the 2015 Asia-Pacific International EMC Symposium in Taipei, Taiwan.

 
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May 18, 2015

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DAK Software v2.0 Release

SPEAG is proud to announce the release of DAK software v2.0. Based on customer feedback and our focused expertise, the software was  completely rewritten with our own advanced software development kit (SDK) to offer a more open and flexible structure, a greater user experience, and improved functionality, while retaining the same look and feel.

 
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Apr 28, 2015

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SMC (Sensor Model Calibration) Release

The novel SMC Sensor Model Calibration is a breakthrough in signal independent calibration of electromagnetic linearized over a large dynamic range.This new technique increases the flexibility of the end-user and reduces calibration costs while maintaining a low measurement uncertainty.

 
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Apr 20, 2015

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Microphotonic Ultra-Wideband RF-over-Fiber Transducer

SPEAG is excited to announce the launch of a novel product in our TDS lineup – the fully electrically isolated RF-over-Fiber Transducer (RFoF1P). With this new product, SPEAG continues to extend the frontiers of accurate and traceable RF measurements powered by micro-photonic technologies to applications such a conducted EMC/EMI, ESD, antenna correlation and signal integrity measurements as well as to highly immune signal and power links for ultra-low-noise and ultra-wideband transmissions.

 
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Apr 20, 2015

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PXI TDS Remote Unit

SPEAG is proud to announce the launch of another member in our TDS lineup – the PXI (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation) version of the TDS Remote Unit. With this new product SPEAG brings accurate and traceable RF measurements powered by micro-photonic technologies to modular instrumentation.

 
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Apr 7, 2015

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TDS SNI, a New Line of EMC Sniffing Probes

SPEAG is excited to announce the release of the latest addition to our TDS product family – the TDS SNI probe. With TDS SNI, SPEAG pioneers the use of photonics for accurate and traceable RF measurements in EMC/EMI sniffing applications, bringing the functionality of a benchtop spectrum analyzer to the tip of miniature electrically isolated electric and magnetic field probes.

 
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Mar 31, 2015

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cSAR3D and cDASY6 Features - Your Feedback is Important to Us

The response we have received on cSAR3D and cDASY6 products has been outstanding, and we would like your help in prioritizing features for the next software release. 

 
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Mar 19, 2015

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SPEAG’s Full-Body EM Phantom, “POPEYE”, Takes Center Stage in Defining the Road Ahead for Wearable Device Testing

SPEAG’s research partner, the IT'IS Foundation, and the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina have joined forces to define next generation phantom testing in the emerging market for wearable devices. SPEAG's full-body phantom "POPEYE" and other EM phantoms intended towards standards development will be deployed.

 
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Mar 18, 2015

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BIS Adopts the Indian Standard for Mobile Phone Handsets: Safety Requirements: IS16333 (Part 1):2015

BIS, the National Standards Body of India, has adopted Standard IS16133 (Part1):2015.

 
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Mar 16, 2015

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cSAR3D V2.0 Release

The innovation continues with SPEAG's release of cSAR3D V2.0. This release fully integrates all cSAR3D phantom types: Flat, Left Head, Right Head and Quad. Shipments of cSAR3D Quad started in November 2014 and have far exceeded our expectations. SAR measurement of simultaneous transmisson is supported, as is base station simulator automation with both CMU200 and CMW500 from Rohde & Schwarz.

 
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