Renewable energies research trip to Switzerland and Germany
Between the 10th and 13th of May, our team member Jaanika visited St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Konstanz (Germany), during her trip together with the Ecoinnovation Club of Tartu University. The aim of the trip was increasing cooperation between Estonia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Switzerland in the renewable energy sector and visiting the 8th St. Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies in Olma Messen, St. Gallen.
The forum concentrated on topics like: drivers and barriers to customer acceptance of e-mobility; investing in renewable energies in a risky policy environment; local ownership and community financing for renewable energy projects; energy storage and smart grid solutions; visualization and gamification approaches for making sustainable energy consumption fun and meaningful; and managing diversity for a successful energy transition. Being a part of power electronics and solar power sector, UBIK was especially interested in smart grid solutions and successful energy transition topics, but was also happy to see that this year's Zurich Climate Prize ''Buildings & Housing'' category winner (Solaxess SA) came from the field of solar energy (PV modules).
The project also included visits to International Solar Energy Research Center (ISC) Konstanz; Behavioral Lab-HSG and Center for Entrepreneurship (CfE) of University of St. Gallen. All in all, during the forum and the visits, the topics regarding renewable energies were mainly viewed from the academical aspect, but there were also many practical tips included, starting with the question of: ''Which matters the most when creating acceptance of renewable energies in Estonia, Ukraine and Switzerland'' or ''What actual VR experience really means'' and finishing with creativity tips on using gamification in solar energy sector. Not to mention life hacks like ''where to get the best Swiss cheese fondue'' or ''how to achieve laser-sharp focus when there is unusually great amount of sunshine and beautiful mountains right beside you''.