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Cleantech companies, that are not assigned to a specific segment

Further relevant cleantech segments include Municipal infrastructure, Planning and Consultancy Services and Measurement and control technology.

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Municipal infrastructure 

Swiss companies offer the following technologies

  • Components, tools, accessories
  • Drain cleansing
  • Mechanical sweepers/ road sweepers
  • Municipal vehicles and machinery
  • Video drain/ sewer inspection systems
  • Waste collection systems

Swiss cities are among the most livable places in the world, as is seen in numerous international rankings. Municipalities in Switzerland have been able to confront a number of challenges with sophisticated techniques. Public transport, water disposal, wastewater treatment and energy supply are exemplary. This high quality of living is based, among other things, on the high quality of Swiss municipal technologies. Therefore, Swiss technology and consulting services are highly sought after. Renowned engineering offices consult worldwide and Swiss companies export their technologies around the world, offering solutions that tackle the new challenges facing cities. With their high standards and innovative spirit, these companies are breaking into new markets.

From street sweepers or high-pressure pipe cleaning tools as specific examples, to the knowledge and expertise of engineering firms in general, Swiss municipal technologies are being exported around the world.

 

Planning and Consultancy Services

Measurement and control technology

Swiss companies offer the following technologies

  • Automation equipment
  • Control equipment
  • Control systems
  • Measurement devices for air and gases
  • Measurement devices for pollutant analysis
  • Measurement devices for water

The Swiss engineering sciences enjoy an international reputation. Swiss start-up companies bring research from universities and institutes into the private sector. One of the greatest causes of Switzerland’s respected reputation is the technological research in the Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschulen (ETH), the Federal Technical Universities. 

Switzerland is the land of measuring technology: its watch industry dates back centuries. But while luxury brands such as Rolex and Breitling, or trendy brands such as Swatch, are the face of the Swiss watch industry overseas, the significance of Swiss time measuring technology extends far beyond this. The satellites of the European Space Agency, which include the Galileo Global Positioning System, are equipped with atomic clocks that were developed in the Swiss city of Neuchâtel.

Cleantech industries are also dependent on Swiss measuring and control technology and they have special requirements. In the area of photovoltaics, for example, materials are exposed to high and fluctuating temperatures. In the case of wind energy, powerful natural forces – which frequently change in both strength and direction – affect the materials. In biomass plants, filling level and gas concentration must be precisely monitored. Likewise, in hydroelectric plants, water level, water pressure and flow speed must be measured and regulated. The new renewable energies place high quality demands on measuring and control technology for another reason, too: maintenance and service costs can be expensive for these facilities, which are often decentralized and locally operated. This makes it all the more important for companies to be able to rely on the technology. High quality products and services is precisely where Swiss companies excel. This quality has an impact on energy efficiency as well. Seemingly small parts enable plants to run at optimal levels. Not only does this help reduce energy consumption, but it also lowers the general operating costs of plants.

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