Energy, Climate, New Economic Thinking​


Quartierstrom – The first local electricity market in Switzerland

The business model of Quartierstrom: Locally generated electricity should be also locally used. This is demonstrated in the region Walenstadt, where a local electricity market was installed. Demand and supply determine the price for electricity via a blockchain based transaction platform. Quartierstrom

move – Future Mobility Demonstrator at EMPA

One option for reducing CO2 emissions in transport is to convert surplus, renewable electricity into storable energy carriers that are suitably low in CO2, such as hydrogen or synthetic methane, and can be used as fuels for individual mobility and transport of goods. EMPA

ehub – the Energy Hub Demonstrator at EMPA

Empa’s Energy Hub demonstrator, combines a large number of technologies for the production, conversion, transportation and storage of energy, thus enabling to investigate the design of integrated energy systems. EMPA

The Real Legacy of the 1970s

In most histories of how Americans became so polarized, the Great Inflation of the 1970s is given short shrift. But inflation was as pivotal a factor in our national crackup as Vietnam and Watergate. New York Times

The Very High Costs of Climate Risk

Before the catastrophic Camp Fire destroyed Paradise, Calif., the Pacific Gas and Electric Company was worth more than $25 billion. Now its C.E.O. has stepped down and the company, which provides natural gas and electricity to 16 million people in California, has filed for bankruptcy as it confronts billions of dollars in potential liability claims following recent wildfires. New York Times