Presented by Regula Rytz, Historian, former national counsellor and President of the green party of Switzerland | Sybille Aeschenbacher, Research associate ICT, Innosuisse | Philipp Oppolzer, Regional Sales Director, Kempower.
Moderation: Mike Vogt
14.30 - 14.45 h
Sustainable Technology: Between real transformations and progress myths
Regula Rytz, Historian, former national counsellor and President of the green party of Switzerland
The natural livelihood of humans is increasingly under pressure. Where do new technologies support the necessary transformation? What distinguishes progress myths from real innovation? A plea for long-term thinking in a time of upheaval.
14.45 - 15.15 h
Promotion of innovation in practice
Sybille Aeschbacher, Research associate ICT, Innosuisse
Michael Hess, CEO, Battronics
Katrin Lohan, Lecturer, OST University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland
The world is rapidly changing and product life cycles are becoming shorter. Digitisation offers unlimited opportunities for new business models. However, R&D projects are expensive. Rising energy prices and persistently high inflation are currently making investments in innovations even more difficult. This is where the support of Innosuisse, the Swiss agency for innovation promotion, comes in. Innosuisse promotes science-based innovation projects between companies and research partners. In the session, you will get an insight into the funding instruments of Innosuisse for SMEs, and two project partners in business and science will share their experiences in setting up and implementing a specific project.
15.15 - 15.30 h
Charging a Better Future
Philipp Oppolzer, Regional Sales Director, Kempower
While the debate, if electric vehicles are the way to decarbonize our mobility, is still raging, the rapidly developing e-mobility sector certainly has already impacted the lives of many in Europe and around the world. In the new and exciting world that is electrified transport, it is often assumed that the industry is “green” and sustainable, simply due to the CO2 reductions resulting from the replacement of traditional internal combustion engine vehicles with electric vehicles. While this is certainly true, there can still be many shades of green. Kempower, as a Finnish manufacturer of fast charging solutions, has put sustainability at the core of its products. With a strong focus on maximizing the energy output of its solutions with the least amount of used raw-materials, recycelability of its product and constant improvements of its processes, Kempower is showing how something that is already green, can become even greener.