Solar Decathlon - 1st prize for the Swiss Team


Students from the University of Fribourg, the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the Geneva School of Art and Design participated, as the Swiss Team, at the U. S. Solar Decathlon competition with great success.

The Swiss Team designed and built a full-size, energy-efficient and solar powered house, the NeighborHub, and exhibited it in Denver, Colorado.

The NeighborHub - a success story
In this academic competition of 10 contests the Swiss Team demonstrated in an outstanding way the latest technologies and materials in energy-efficient design, clean energy technologies, smart home solutions, water conservation measures, electric vehicles, and sustainable buildings. For all their efforts, the Swiss Team was rewarded the 1st prize at the Solar Decathlon competition.

A supporting team from Switzerland
A Fribourg Delegation with representatives from all participating schools, politics and industry partners, supported the Swiss Team in Denver. Prof. Dr. Stephanie Teufel, smart living lab project leader, and Kirstin Stadelmann, member of the smart living lab communication team, accompanied the students of the University of Fribourg on site.

We congratulate the Swiss Living Team for their outstanding and excellent performance.

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Welcome Christian Ritzel

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Christian Ritzel is working as a senior researcher at the iimt since October 2017.
He grew up in the border triangle Germany, Switzerland and France. In 2009, he achieved his diploma in economics at the University of Kassel. His areas of focus were “Ecological Economics” and “Marketing and International Management”.

Afterwards he successfully completed a Master degree in Sustainable Economics and Management at the University of Kassel in 2013. Besides his studies he inter alia worked for the network of decentralized energy technologies in Kassel as well as for the German wholesaler REWE.

After finishing his master’s degree study, he conducted a doctoral thesis at the Swiss Federal Research Institute Agroscope in Taenikon in cooperation with the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart. The doctoral thesis was about “Agro-food trade with developing countries”.

His intrinsic interest for the topic of Sustainable Development was the motivation for his application at the iimt and the project smart living lab.

We look forward to work with Christian and wish him a good start.



Denver Mini Blog - Thursday 12th of October - part 2

The afternoon was dedicated to the visit of the Solar Decathlon competition. After having received the fantastic news about the first prize in architecture as well as the first prize in the water category, the Fribourg Delegation was more than pleased to meet the Decathlets on site and to congratulate in person for these outstanding achievements.

Visiting the 11 compeeding houses was an extraordinary event with plenty of innovative ideas in a very warm and friendly environment. Tonight the decathlets and the Fribourg Delegation will share a meals and certainly celebrate... ;)

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Welcome Anton Sentić

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Anton Sentić is working as a Senior Researcher at the iimt since October 2017. His focus will be on the smart living lab project, although he will also take part in teaching and thesis supervision in the future. Anton’s research interests are related to Transition Studies, Innovation Studies and Sustainable Development, particularly in the energy and waste sectors.

Born in Munich, Germany, Anton’s education and personal development led him across Europe: following primary and secondary education in Croatia, he completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Environmental System Sciences at the University of Graz in Austria. Parallel to his studies, Anton worked as a graduate student assistant and as a trainee on EU-funded projects in the waste management sector.

Following graduation, his traineeship developed into a full-time job, where he was working as Project Associate and Project Manager on multiple projects. After a few years, he decided to move on to London, where he studied for a doctoral degree (PhD Business) at the University of Greenwich, graduating in 2017 with the research topic “Development of sustainable energy technologies in changing institutional and socio-political contexts: the case of combined heat and power in the UK”.

In his free time Anton enjoys cycling, playing badminton and training martial arts. He is also an avid reader, and likes travelling, especially when he can combine either with his interest in history, particularly the history of technology. Anton is very much looking forward to his work with the iimt and the opportunity to utilize his skills and interests for the development of the smart living lab.

We look forward to working with Anton, and wish him a good start!



Denver Mini Blog - Thursday 12th of October - part 1

First stop of the day: the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Founded by the US Department of Energy it hosts more than 1700 employees who like to advance science and engineering for energy efficiancy, sustainable transportation and renewable power technologies. The Fribourg Delegation had the opportunity to visit the laboratories and to follow the researchers leading/innovative/inspiring activities.

After visiting the laboratories, the delegation headed to the New Terrain Brewing Co. a local brewery in the Denver Neighborhoods.

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