This article showcases our top picks for the best Switzerland based Environmental Engineering startups. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Environmental Engineering industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Switzerland Environmental Engineering Startups
Climeworks captures CO2 from air via commercial carbon dioxide removal technology. Its direct air capture plants capture CO2 with a filter, using mainly low-grade heat as an energy source.
The pure CO2 gas is then sold to customers in key markets, including commercial agriculture, food and beverage industries, the energy sector and the automotive industry. Customers utilize this atmospheric CO2 in carbonated drinks or to produce carbon-neutral hydrocarbon fuels and materials.
Additionally, the company enables customers to realize their climate goals by reversing their emissions and safely storing the captured CO2.. .
Agile Wind Power
Agile Wind Power develops technology solutions for energy production from wind energy. It develops a vertically-rotating wind turbine which is able to reduce maintenance costs, and increase profitability and efficiency.
Agile Wind Power was founded in 2010 and is based in Dubendorf, Switzerland.. .
Gaia Membranes is a recent spin-off from the Paul Scherrer Institute. With their technology they enable affordable energy storage to support the transition to a fully renewable energy system.
Their innovative technology overcomes limitations of traditional anion and cation exchange membranes, lowering the levelised cost of storage with vanadium flow batteries. The gAM-40 membrane is based on proprietary IP developed by their CTO Fabio at the Paul Scherrer Institute.
He worked under the guidance of Lorenz Gubler whose group has over 15 years of experience developing membranes for electrochemical applications.. .
The Swiss company ennos was founded in 2006 as a spin-off of Berne University of Applied Sciences. The purpose of ennos is to develop and distribute a highly efficient, portable solar pump for smallholder irrigation and domestic water supply in developing countries.
ennos promotes the use of a CO2-free, economic technology that combines income, productivity and labor-saving benefits and a more sustainable use of the resources energy and water.. .
Vir2sense provides ready to use, optimized fast combustion and emission models for internal combustion engine calibration, continuous emissions monitoring and real-time control. The virtual sensors have been used successfully in automotive, heavy duty, power generation, and ship propulsion applications.
The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Zürich, Switzerland.. .
Meyer Burger Technology
Meyer Burger is a Swiss technology company that supplies systems and production equipment to the photovoltaic, semiconductor, and optoelectronic industries. It also serves other selected high-end markets based on semiconductor materials such as displays and touch panel, batteries, printed electronic, pharmaceuticals, rail and transport, automotive, and transport.
The company produces equipment for wafers, solar cells, solar modules, and solar systems. It offers its clients with integrated systems and dedicated solution packages.
It also provides thermal process systems, software solutions for equipment and production-line control, systems for industrial inkjet printing, and systems for coating and structuring surfaces in a wide range of industries. The methods used are based on high-tech plasma and ion-beam technologies.
Meyer Burger’s services include overhaul service management, application and process support, installation and commissioning, academy education, and generation of service agreements. It implements customer specific process control and supervisory systems that span across different manufacturing processes.
Meyer Burger is headquartered in Thun, Bern.. .
My Drop in the Oceans
My Drop in the Oceans is a global platform founded on the belief that economic and social progress depends on fundamentally changing the way we value nature. My Drop in the Oceans converts the value of environmental costs into DIO, a complimentary currency for citizens and businesses to use in ways that reward sustainable actions towards positive environmental impact.
A MyDIO account enables citizens and businesses to bank with nature, practice smart consumption and be rewarded for their investments in sustainability. By empowering citizens and businesses to acknowledge the value of nature, DIO is uniquely designed to return value to nature one drop at a time..
Oxygen at Work
Companies have very high health care costs due to employee absences, of which half are due to bad indoor air quality (IAQ) leading to various sicknesses. HVAC systems are costly and emit harmful chemicals themselves.
With data analytics and machine learning we identify the actual problems of the IAQ and create a customized combination of plants to improve the office environment leading to healthier and more productive employees, while also reducing energy costs and improving the environment.. .
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical, and socio-economic information that is relevant to the understanding of climate change. However, it does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters.
Being an intergovernmental body, it is open to all member countries of the United Nations and WMO. Currently 195 countries are members of the IPCC.
Governments participate in the review process and the plenary Sessions, where main decisions about the IPCC work program are taken and reports are accepted, adopted, and approved. The IPCC bureau members are also elected during these plenary sessions.
Due to its scientific and intergovernmental nature, the IPCC embodies an opportunity to provide rigorous and balanced scientific information to decision makers. By endorsing the IPCC reports, governments acknowledge the authority of their scientific content.
Thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC on a voluntary basis. Review is an essential part of the IPCC process, to ensure an objective and complete assessment of current information so the organization aims to reflect a range of views and expertise.
It is supported by WMO and UNEP, and hosted at WMO headquarters in Geneva. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was founded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impact in 1988 and is based in Geneva, Switzerland..
Amphiro AG is a Cleantech-Spinoff from ETH Zurich under the ownership of its founders. Amphiro is supported by the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (BAFU), and ETH Transfer.
Amphiro was founded in 2009 by doctoral candidates of ETH Zurich. From the first day, the team pursued the goal to increase comfort and energy efficiency of one of the most widely used products in the world: faucets.
Our mission: By the year 2020, more than 10% of all faucets sold will be equipped with Amphiro technology.. .
What we do is combine crypto innovations with Design, Construction and Operation (DCO) sectors. By blending improved technology and regulation, we can achieve inclusive global markets.
Being blockchain based, they are more transparent and more automated. Automation, in turn, can reduce governance costs, such as tax collection and regulatory reporting, to the benefit of both the state and business community..
EnvEve is an high tech company specialised in Internet of Things. It has developed a unique Internet of Things framework for outdoor applications.
Robust and reliable devices enable sophisticate analytics to support decision in Agriculture and Forests. EnvEve is based in Switzerland in Tecnopolo..
Hug Engineering develops and offers its customers complete systems including manufacturing and assembly. Its key technologies are diesel particulate filters, selective catalytic reduction of NOx and catalytic oxidation.
The company has around 50 million euros of sales and employs 230 people worldwide in five countries.. .
Eneftech SA is an engineering company specializing in new energy production technologies. Created in 2004 and under the direction of its founder Dr.
Malick KANE , Eneftech SA is a dynamic and efficient organization. It aims to bring together the best skills , especially in clean and autonomous technologies , innovation and research & development.
The company imposes its know-how in the fields of cogeneration and heat recovery by proposing innovative electrical / thermal energy production solutions using simple, efficient and robust concepts and systems. Its new SCROLL turbine ORC generator modules, known as ENEFCOGEN, allow to produce cheap electricity and in low power ranges (1 to 50 kW electric).
Consisting of a team of experienced and highly qualified engineers and technicians, Eneftech SA also carries out Consulting & Engineering activities in the following fields: energy design, planning and realization of energy projects, technical installations for the building industry and industry, energy measurements and signatures, control and regulation.. .
IMPULS is an independent and privately organized company. As such, they are directly related to their customers, partners and nature.
At the center of their actions is the long-term well-being of man. They fulfill their responsibility with practical and creative solutions.
They provide sound advice with regard to sustainable development. With constructive contributions and positive energy they help to shape their environment..
The company photrack AG was founded as an ETH Spin-off in January 2012 by Dr. Beat Lüthi.
Beat Lüthi was associated with IfU, the Institute of environmental engineering at ETH Zürich. The hydromechanics group of IfU, now led by board member Prof.
Markus Holzner, is specialized in turbulent flows and 3D particle tracking velocimetry. Over the last five years photrack has developed a fully automatic webcam based river discharge measurement system in collaboration with the hydrological section of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).
In collaboration with FOEN, ETH, Hydrosolution and SDC the system has become mobile and can now also be operated with smartphones.. .
FOXEL is the result of intense technology watch and of several years of research and development. Today, it benefits from solid expertise in digital imaging, computer engineering, electronics and micro-mechanics.
The cumulative experience of its founders, recognized and supported by their peers, confers on FOXEL an expertise which enables it to meet the requirements of the highest level in terms of governance and strategy, coupled with exceptional technological know-how. Their expertise and specialization in the fields of stereophotogrammetry, measurement and embedded systems places them at the heart of the great innovations of the present and the future.
In order to build key technological patrimony, they identify, conceptualize and integrate hardware and software components stemming from standardized and sustainable technologies. They are thus able to provide their Clients with high-value-added products and services..
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