To innovate and to develop new technologies while saving natural resources is possible. Cleantechs, these technologies and industrial services called « clean » which use energy and raw materials in order to improve production efficiency, are summed up in the Swiss start-up ecosystem. According to the Swiss Cleantech Report 2017, innovative Swiss start-ups are ready for the next level in product development and “green” services. Today, the sector constitutes 5,5% of Swiss workforce, that is an increase of 25% for the five past years. The quick growth of the Cleantech market is remarked in Switzerland and abroad!
With 4000 patents per million inhabitants, Switzerland comes first on the podium for the creation of businesses in green technologies. Out of the record figure of 909 millions CHF raised in 2016 by Swiss start-ups, about 700 millions went to biotechnology (400 millions) and ICT (270 millions) players. Among the recipients of these investments, many are Cleantech start-ups from Western Switzerland. CleantechAlps, a front runner in support for Cleantech SME from Western Switzerland, welcomes the great rise of “clean” technologies in Romandie. It is the case of Greenmotion SA, Vaud company which offers a charging point for electric vehicles at reduced cost (about 700 CHF). The start-up has set the objective of selling to car manufacturers 1600 elements in 2020.
A few Cleantech stars evolve within the incubator FONGIT in Geneva. Winner of the International Award for Best Engineer in 2016, the CEO of Plair SA introduced the instruments that the spin off from the University of Geneva uses to precisely measure in real time several environmental parameters, such as allergens, pollens, as well as pollutant substances present in the air. An important player in the transformation of the market of renewable energies, TVP Solar Sa innovates in design and manufacturing of photovoltaic panels. Sustainable and with no need of maintenance, these panels are used for the heating system or the AC of industrial facilities as well as for the hot water in private homes. Positioned on the market of air purifiers, the Italian start-up The Breath offers a technology 100% “green” which absorbs and disaggregates polluting molecules and home smells inside and outside, through a technology based on the simple movement of air with no need of electricity.
For the more eco-friendly, companies that are changing the sector of waste recycling are more and more numerous. Office trashcans, voluntary waste drop-off receptacles, sorting tables, specific collectors, etc. : the french company Greenoffice enables restaurants, school canteens and professionals to sort biowaste at the source in an entertaining and effective way. The goal: to significantly reduce waste. The same principle is applied to water management by the Swiss start-up Exlterra which, thanks to the good results of EGRP technology, could « disrupt » the market of agricultural irrigation. In the case in point, Twenty Green targets breeders and farm animals: probiotic feeding developed by the EPFL team promises a reduction of more than 15% of food quantity needed for breeding, a reduction of 25% of lost food due to parasites and a decrease of cost caused by sickness and pollution.
The cleantech market is one of the most promising in 2017 and years to come. Included by the Confederation among priorities of the Energy Strategy 2050, the Masterplan Cleantech aims at promoting exchanges between political, social et economic players in order to reduce energy consumption in the country, extending the electricity supply, expanding electricity networks and boost the development of flagship projects for energy savings. In this context, an array of new opportunities opens up to economic players offering solutions in line with the principles of the Energy Strategy 2050. To invest today, in human and financial resources, to imagine et build the solutions of tomorrow is, more than ever, necessary!
- On 13 April 2017
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