Technology – Share of alternative energies increased by 10 times

The Swiss government got rid of all nuclear plants and shifted towards alternative energy as defined in the Energy Strategy 2050, which was released in 2009. David is astonished positively that the rural albula valley strongly focuses on innovative alternative energy, which allows the family to go for a green and sustainable visit into the lovely Bergün. While charging the electro-car at the train station, where a large central-battery-system is located, David explains to his kids how the energy is produced.

Electricity car charge station at the train station

Electricity car charge station at the train station

Besides solar energy out of PV-Moduls (Photovoltaic) there is also a new way to get hydro power: Run-of-river-buoys. Son Tim is especially interested in the innovative technology which is used to take power from a water current and transforms it into electric energy. There is no dam and therefore it allows water animals to live in peaceful coexistence with these anchored buoys, which are due to the water level most of the time invisible. An important fact for Lisa – a big animal lover.

Entering the tourist office from Destination Filisur / Bergün to pay the electricity bill the family gets informed about the possibility to rent ebikes. Because of the very close walking distance though the family decides to walk and soon they arrive at the Hof Plauschair, which is renovated with special solar-tiles. This energy and the electricity out of bio-gas, which is generated at the farm, are fed into the electricity grid, where the electricity is provided to the place it is used at the very moment. Like this all producers of alternative energy transmit their produced electricity to the main electrical power station nearby which is in charge of keeping a constant power supply voltage. Is there too much energy produced at the same time, the main electrical power station nearby will store it in the central-battery-system at the trainstation. This system allows that the producers and therefore the village keep the amount of batteries to a minimum. As a result of not having to store the energy, there is a low loss of electrical current and lower costs for energy. (Bundesamt für Energie BFE, 2015)

How to get there

Commitment Implementation Communication & Control
Locals have positive attitude[1] towards innovative technology for alternative energy.[2]

Locals get support from the government.[3]

Locals implement, use and do marketing[4] for implemented innovative technology for alternative energy[5]:

– car park with solar     charge

– Solarpanels for new and restored buildings[6]

– Run-of-river-buoys



Seasonal analyses of construction projects.

Controlling circle:
Analyse, adapting measures, reimplement measures, control

Best Practices

Interview sequences

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[1] It is highly attractive to invest in alternative energies because the producers can become to a certain extent independent. Therefore a sensitization has to be done in terms of energy revolution and its positive effect on the daily life as well as on the agritourism.

[2] The compensation for electricity fed into the grid is highly pushed by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) according to the Energy Strategy 2050 (Bundesamt für Energie BFE, 2015).

[3] Eventhough the strategy is to highly support alternative energies people can not count on financial support of the Federal Government. Due to a  long waiting list for getting the compensation for electricity fed into the grid.

[4] The idealistic value of this energy production is supporting the commitment to the energy revolution and strengthen the product value of agritourism.

[6] For restoring buildings Solarpanels who are integrated in glass are possible. (Landino, 2015)