Watt d'Or 2014

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June 26, 2014 – Federal Councillor Leuthard on Visit to the US (PDF)

June 23, 2014 – Top Representatives from the Swiss Energy Innovation Scene will be present in Boston (PDF)

June 18, 2014 – National Exhibition of Outstanding Swiss Energy Innovation Scene will be present in Boston (PDF)

June 26, 2014 – Federal Councillor Leuthard on Visit to the US

Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard will travel to the U.S. from July 7 to July 11, to hold various discussions on energy and climate policy. In Washington, she will meet Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, among other officials, and in Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and a number of academic and business representatives. In addition, as part of Swiss-U.S. Energy Innovation Days, Federal Councillor Leuthard will open the Watt d’Or – Swiss Energy Excellence exhibition in Boston.

Federal Councillor Leuthard will travel with academic and business representatives, first to Washington, where various discussions on energy and climate policy are scheduled. She will meet Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change Trigg Talley and Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Robert Perciasepe, among other officials.

In Boston, Federal Councillor Leuthard will meet with Mayor Martin J. Walsh and representatives from Harvard University. She will also deliver a speech at a colloquium on energy supply and energy security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Afterward Ms. Leuthard will open an exhibition on Watt d’Or – Swiss Energy Excellence as part of Swiss-U.S. Energy Innovation Days. The exhibition presents 25 projects from Switzerland which have won the Watt d’Or award, which the Federal Office of Energy has presented for outstanding innovation in energy since 2007. In addition, as part of Swiss-U.S. Energy Innovation Days, the head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications will open a seminar with the provost of Northeastern University. Representatives from the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) and MIT will sign a student exchange agreement in Boston, deepening their already long-standing ties in research. The trip will be rounded off with a visit to a company that develops intelligent-energy software.

Note for Journalists:

A press call with Federal Councillor Leuthard will be held at the Swiss Embassy in Washington at 4 p.m. on July 9th. Those interested in attending are requested to register with the embassy by July 8th.

Contact: Salomé Ramseier: salome.ramseier@eda.admin.ch / +1 202 957 5201

Journalists will also be able to attend the opening of the Watt d’Or – Swiss Energy Excellence exhibition in Boston at 6.oo p.m. on July 10. Federal Councillor Leuthard will be briefly available to answer questions at 7:15 p.m. Journalists are also welcome to attend Swiss-U.S. Energy Innovation Days on July 11th and 12th.

Contact: Elizabeth Cerda, swissnex Boston Communications Manager: liz@swissnexBoston.org / +1 617 876 0931

Address for inquiries: Annetta Bundi, DETECT Press and Information Service, +41 58 462 50 02 

 

June 23, 2014 - Top Representatives from the Swiss Energy Innovation Scene will be present in Boston  

More than 70 Swiss scientists, entrepreneurs, and associations from the energy sector, as well as representatives from the Swiss government and policy makers will be present at the Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days from July 9 – 12, 2014 in Boston, USA. The event, jointly organized by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) und swissnex Boston, the Consulate of Switzerland, shall present the best Swiss energy technologies, projects and innovations at one of the world’s leading hubs for research and innovation in clean energy technology. Furthermore, this event aims to forge new relationships and partnerships between Switzerland and the US. The inauguration of the Watt d’Or – Swiss Energy Excellence exhibition by Swiss Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard will be one of the highlights of the Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days.

The aim of the Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days is to promote energy innovation and enhance the dialogue and collaboration among Swiss and US researchers and businesses. Among several events, the program consists of a presentation concerning the topic “Electricity Markets of the Future” at the headquarters of EnerNOC, a company leading the development of intelligent energy software. Under the guidance of the Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), Walter Steinmann, the delegation from Switzerland will visit several innovation organizations in Boston, including Greentown Labs (greentownlabs.org), the Cambridge Innovation Center (cic.us), MassChallenge (masschallenge.org) and the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (cse.fraunhofer.org). In addition, a workshop on Cleantech Financing featuring finance experts from both Switzerland and the US will take place at the Northeastern University as part of the program.

On July 10, 2014, Swiss Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard will inaugurate the Watt d’Or – Swiss Energy Excellence exhibition opening at Northeastern University. Since 2007, SFOE has been honoring outstanding accomplishments and projects by bestowing them with the Watt d’Or award (www.wattdor.ch). During the last 8 years, nearly 50 projects have been recognized with the award, and 25 of these commended projects will be showcased in the traveling exhibition. The exhibition will be on display in Boston through mid-September 2014, and will then travel to other swissnex locations and Swiss Embassies within the ERI-network (Switzerland’s Education, Research and Innovation Network) across the world.

On July 11, 2014, Federal Councillor Leuthard will speak at the Seminar of the Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days, a program that includes a roster of high-profile panelists, several presentations, TED-style talks and podium discussions. A Swiss Energy Brunch taking place on July 12, 2014 will mark the closure the Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days.

The Swiss Engineers & Architects Association (SIA) and Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) are organizing a special program around the Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days with experts on planning, development and construction on July 9 and 10, 2014. The program will include visits in Boston as well as a workshop in the field of “Innovative Technologies for Sustainable and Resilient Buildings” with several distinguished experts from both Switzerland and the US.

In addition to the more than 70 Swiss participants attending, the event is expected to attract approximately 300 participants and speakers from the US during the four days of activities.

Contacts:

Marianne Zünd, Head of Communications BFE, +41 58 462 56 75 / +41 79 763 86 11

Felix Moesner, Consul, swissnex Boston, +1 617 876 3077  / Elizabeth Cerda, Communications Manaager, swissnex Boston, +1 617 876 0931

Adrian Altenburger, Vice President, SIA, +41 44 305 93 71 / +41 78 833 93 71  

Nico Lauer, Director Cleantech Markets for North America S-GE, +1 617 876 3079

 

June 18, 2014 – National Exhibition of Outstanding Swiss Energy Innovations Debuts in Boston

Boston, Mass. - Swiss energy innovators will meet Boston’s green technology hub this summer as the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and swissnex Boston during the world premiere of an exhibition of Watt d’Or award winners. Taking place at Northeastern University from July 11 to September 14, 2014, the exhibition will showcase information and products honored with a Watt d’Or. Established in 2007, this award given by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy recognizes outstanding Swiss energy projects that offer a significant benefit for society. Watt d’Or awards recognize inspiring projects that are helping to build a more sustainable future through energy innovations that include mobility, renewable energy, building efficiencies, energy technologies, and systems and appliances.

In support of its mission to build stronger relationships between scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators in Massachusetts and Switzerland, this summer-long celebration will feature a public exhibition of 25 past Watt d’Or winning projects, and will begin with a reception and summit on topics related to energy, clean tech and innovation. Private and public scheduled events currently include:

-        Opening Ceremony honoring Watt d’Or winners; attendees to include Swiss Energy Minister Doris Leuthard, head of the Swiss Federal Department of the Energy, Environment, Transport, and Communications, and former president of Switzerland

-        US-Swiss Energy Innovation Seminar with Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard and more than 20 presentations from Switzerland and Boston-area CEOs; and academic presentations from MIT, Northeastern University, Swiss peers, and internationally-recognized sustainability experts

-        Public Exhibition featuring 25 past Watt d’Or winning projects

For a complete list of event dates, times and details, please visit http://wattdor.swissnexboston.org/.

“Boston’s energy and sustainability hub is one of the most active in North America, and an excellent choice as the first U.S. city to host the Watt d’Or exhibition,” said Consul Felix Moesner, swissnex Boston CEO. “Switzerland and Massachusetts share a vision for a more sustainable future and we are thrilled to bring together the finest minds in energy innovation today.”

Contacts:

For more information about Watt d’Or events, please contact Arnaud Pincet at arnaud@swissnexboston.org or Elizabeth Cerda, Communications Manager, swissnex Boston, liz@swissnexboston.org

Members of the media can register for the July 11 media event by contacting Dawn Sullivan at 781-893-0053 or swissnexboston@hbagency.com.