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Energy autarky without restrictions

25 Swiss francs a year is the electricity bill of Mark and Barbara in a small village near Solothurn. Steadily rising electricity prices no longer interest them. Their detached house with a small hobby workshop is completely self-sufficient. The system can bridge three days in winter or in fog with its various storage tanks. Gerber Energietechnik AG from Gümligen near Bern is responsible for the energy concept and its implementation.

In the best of society

innovenergy is now part of it... in the select club of 245 exciting young Swiss companies in the energy sector. The idea of mutual cooperation as well as support from established companies and research find a good platform in the «Swiss Energy Startup Map», which makes what is happening in the market of young companies visible.

Salt batteries don't burn!

Headlines about burning batteries make the rounds again and again. From smartphones in your pocket to drive batteries in e-vehicles to home storage in the basement, the topic of fire hazards and fire safety is widely discussed. It is undisputed that lithium-ion batteries are fire accelerants. At the end of the following article, you will find out how this works in detail, what needs to be done and what experts think about it. And, to say it in advance: All these fire horror stories do NOT apply to salt batteries. These are absolutely safe!

Exploding electricity prices

The current situation is critical. Electricity self-sufficiency is becoming inevitable! Therefore, PV must be used maximally and highly efficiently. Alternative salt battery storage systems and private DC grids help with more profitability and double harvesting.

Salt battery hibernation: More CO2-free electricity in the cold season

Although nature only provides us with a fraction of renewable energies, energy consumption really takes off in the cold season. And with it, CO2 emissions from oil, gas and coal also increase. However, owners of a salt battery storage system with a photovoltaic system can help to reduce winter CO2 emissions.

Storing costs electricity: The issue of conversion losses

Renewable energy systems, such as your photovoltaic system, produce direct current (DC). The storage battery in your basement also needs direct current. But the electricity grid in your house or flat uses alternating current (AC) – even the public grid. And everywhere there are converters or inverters that bring voltages and current to the same level.

The Swiss electricity mix: Low CO2 emissions in EU comparison

Swiss CO2 levels are low compared to neighbouring countries. But the Swiss electricity island is still plagued by the energy shortfall in winter. Production from renewable energies is not enough to get by entirely without buying electricity from abroad. And what we buy there is often anything but green electricity.

MIGROS receives the largest salt battery storage facility in Switzerland

"Now we are ready for great things," says Max Ursin, Managing Director of innovenergy and the project's mastermind. In a collaboration of six different companies from four countries, a 540 kWh salt battery storage system now stands in the basement of MIGROS Schlieren/ZH.

The production of a microchip devours ...

... 32 litres of water. Consumer goods also contain water - namely water that was used for production. Experts also speak of virtual water. A microchip uses about 32 litres, a complete computer 20,000 litres, a car 400,000 litres of water.

In the rush of the first innoVParty!

On 28.11.2019, the first innoVParty took place in the environmental arena in Spreitenbach. It was a great pleasure for everyone to feel this young growing sales team live for the first time.

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