Z43 Goes Carbon Dioxide-Free

As part of our effort to help create a sustainable and healthier future, energy at Z43 is now 100% renewable, which will lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 60,000 m3 per year – corresponding to about twenty times the CO2 footprint of the average Swiss.

For the past 20 years, we have produced the heating energy for the Z43 headquarters in Zurich – home to the IT’IS Foundation, Schmid & Partner Engineering AG, and ZMT Zurich MedTech AG – as well as supplied adjacent residential buildings with more than 79 apartments with natural gas. Our labs, on the other hand, were cooled via a small heat pump powered by electricity. Though gas is “cleaner” than oil or coal, we strongly felt that it was time to switch from fossil fuels to renewable sources of power in order to run our work lives more sustainably.

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So we finally got rid of the gas burners in our basement and invested heavily in a new energy system. The newly installed 500 kW heat pump now heats and cools the various buildings by exchanging heat with the groundwater stream that runs 30 m below our premises. In addition, because our labs and servers produce more heating energy than we can use during the summer, we replaced the warm-water panels on the roof with photovoltaic cells to generate our electric power. We also took care to only subscribe to companies that exclusively generate electricity by hydro, wind, and solar power. This complements our internal policy that Z43 staff should only commute by car to work in exceptional circumstances (e.g., it was appropriate to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic).

We are proud that we have started to generate our own energy and have become largely CO2-free at Z43.

Curious how it looks? Check out our CO2-free energy production by clicking on the leaf:

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The leaf can also be found in the header of any of our webpages: IT’IS Foundation, SPEAG, ZMT, and Zurich43.

Z43 – Think Renewable!





ISMRM Sim4Life User Workshop 2019: Agenda & Registration

Get ready for our ISMRM Sim4Life User Workshop 2019 in Montréal, Canada, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - download the detailed agenda now!





Important ViP Extension: Male ViP Korean Model Jeduk cV3.1

Congratulations to the IT’IS Foundation for the release of their most recent Virtual Population model - male Korean Jeduk cV3.1! This new phantom marks an important extension of the existing European ViP towards a global population representation. An enhanced, next-generation neuro-functionalized version of this phantom is expected for end of June.





Save The Date: ISMRM Sim4Life User Workshop 2019

Our annual ISMRM Sim4Life User Workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8:45pm in the InterContinental Hotel, Montreal. Participants will be able to learn about how the design and optimization of MRI systems benefit from in silico methods, how MRI implant safety assessment are advanced by the latest improvements in IMAnalytics and MRIxViP, and experience the latest features of our comprehensive Sim4Life simulation platform. The detailed agenda will be published soon. If you are interested in participating please send us an email.





IT’IS Foundation Releases MRIxViP V2.0

IT’IS Foundation has released MRIxViP V2.0 incorporating the latest Virtual Population (ViP) models.





ZMT Hosts EMPIR MIMAS Project Meeting

ZMT hosted all MIMAS project partners at "Zurich 43" for the first regular project meeting of the 36-month EMPIR project on Thursday and Friday, February 28 and March 1.





Zurich43 Retreat 2019 on Ethics & Z43 Culture

Zurich43's annual retreat was held 21 – 22 January 2019 to discuss "Ethics & Z43 Culture in Real or Perceived Devaluing Times" with a particular focus on fairness, justice, recognition, and populism.





iSEG Is Now Open Source

ZMT and IT'IS provide medical-image segmentation and modeling toolkit iSEG as an open source project on GitHub.

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