December 13th 2018
Sandro Schopfer successfully defended his PhD thesis with the title "Assessment of the consumer-prosumer transition and peer-to-peer energy networks" at ETH Zurich. Congratulations!
Nature.com has featured the article "Real-time feedback promotes energy conservation in the absence of volunteer selection bias and monetary incentives" by B2E researchers as Research Highlight. The article has appeared in Nature Energy and was covered by various media (including SPIEGEL ONLINE, heise.online, Scientific American, Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio, 20 minuten, metro, Nature Asia, and GEO) in at least 25 countries.
In a field experiment with six Swiss hotels, researchers from the Bits to Energy Lab showed that real-time feedback makes hotel guests slash their energy and water use in the shower. The results show that the approach works with a broad public – and even in settings where people have no financial motives for resource conservation. A free read-only version of the article is available here.
November 11th 2018
The Quartierstrom project, led by B2E lab with various partners, was featured in the Swiss news "Schweiz aktuell" on SRF.
July 9th 2018
Sanitary fittings manufacturer Oras Group invests in the ETH Zurich spinoff company Amphiro and buys the majority share. The deal brings together Amphiro’s know-how in energy autarkic sensors, cloud connectivity, data analytics, and user engagement with Oras’ faucet technology and market outreach. The joint goal is to expand the digital services business for drinking water installations. Amphiro’s entire team will stay on board, and Amphiro will expand its operations in Zurich.
About Amphiro: Amphiro has been founded in 2009 as the first Spinoff of the Bits to Energy Lab. The company has developed and brought to the market the most advanced IoT-Stack for drinking water applications. With more than 50,000 installations in the field and large pilot projects in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, and Spain, it has proven its technology and market success. With a strong partner that has a large number of established product lines, Amphiro can now multiply the use of its technology.
Oras Group is a European provider of sanitary fittings. It is market leader in Scandinavia and, together with its brand Hansa, number three in Continental Europe. The company’s mission is to make using water easy and sustainable. Oras Group employs approximately 1400 people in twenty countries. Oras Group is owned by Oras Invest, a family company and an industrial owner.
Anselma Wörner and Verena Tiefenbeck received the "Best Paper Runner Up" for their paper "The role of self-set goals in IS-enabled behavior change" at the European Conference on Information Systems in Portsmouth, UK.
The B2E researchers Liliane Ableitner, Verena Tiefenbeck, Samuel Schöb and Thorsten Staake and their co-authors from the University of Bayreuth (Sabïolla Hosseini and Gilbert Fridgen) received the "Best Paper" at the Workshop on Information Technologies (WITS) in Seoul, Korea, for their paper "Real-world impact of Information Systems: The effect of seemingly small design choices".