EPFL VALAIS WALLIS
An EPFL campus in the heart of Valais
In order to confront the current energy and environmental challenges, the domains of renewable energy, chemistry and ecology must forge strong links. Our fuel-loving society intends to limit its carbon footprint and this major issue, along with health, is at the heart of researchers’ concerns at EPFL Valais Wallis.
In order to develop relevant solutions to these questions, researchers are studying how to recover CO2 and transform it into a fuel, how to store renewable and variable renewable energy using hydrogen-based solutions, and the development of solar panels made from perovskite cells. More generally, EPFL Valais Wallis is also studying the engineering of energy systems in order to develop a carbon-neutral and energy self-sufficient society.
With the arrival of the new Ingvar Kamprad Chair of Extreme Environments, EPFL Valais Wallis now has 12 fully operational laboratories and 226 employees from 43 different countries, all on a premises of more than 8,800m2 – exceeding the most optimistic predictions in less than five years of operation.
In 2021, the number of collaborators should exceed 400 thanks to the opening of ALPOLE, the new research centre for Alpine and polar environments. The centre’s new home, the former printworks of the Centre d’Impression des Ronquoz, is currently under renovation.