Switzerland at Energy Awareness Lighting Event

Switzerland at Energy Awareness Lighting Event

Switzerland was presented at SoEne Akari Park 2014, a unique exhibition aimed at raising public awareness on energy issues by introducing the world’s most advanced renewable energy technologies and lighting design. Dr. Caroline Baumann, Head of Economic and Financial Affairs of the Embassy of Switzerland was invited to open the event co-organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, METI and the Ministry of the Environment MOE.

From Switzerland, the concentrated solar power technology of DSolar/Airlight Energy Mfg. and the electric bike Voltitude were exhibited and enjoyed strong public attention.

IMG_4469DSolar/Airlight Energy was represented by Mr. Fabian Dähler from the Institute of Energy Technology at ETH Zurich. The company’s High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system is based on Swiss technology, with contributions from ETH Zurich and IBM Research Zurich. Like a sunflower, it tracks the sun for maximum energy efficiency.

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Voltitude, the Swiss folding electric bike, captivated people’s attention not only for its attractive design at first glance, but the clever structure that enables users to fold and unfold the bicycle at almost one snap. Mr. Robert Champoud, managing director of the Euro-Far East Co. entrusted to introduce the motor scooter inspired bike in Japan, enchanted the visitors with the genius design.

It was the first time the annual show had international participants. The two other exhibitors from abroad were Germany and Iceland, introducing their efforts and technologies related to renewable energy.

The event was produced by Ms. Motoko Ishii who was also invited to make a lighting event in the Swiss Capital of Bern to commemorate the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

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