EPFL partnerships

Gaznat is committed to research

In order to develop innovative solutions, Gaznat signed an agreement with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EFPL) for the creation of two new professorships, which came into operation in spring 2015:

Click here to view a video describing Gaznat’s commitment to research (in French)

Gaznat's conference - Research and development in the gas industry: focus on new and future technologies

On 18 May 2018, Gaznat, in collaboration with the WEC-Global Gas Centre and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, has organized a broad conference about the Research & Development in the gas industry. 

Please find here below the documents ot the conference. 

Introductory speech of Mr. René BAUTZ, CEO (Gaznat)

Introductory speech of Prof. Dr. Martin VETTERLI, President (EPFL) 

 "Energy challenges in Switzerland. Contribution of Research and Development"
M. Philippe Petitpierre, Président (Gaznat) 


"CO2 capture: between challenges and solution" - Prof. Dr. Lyesse Laloui, Chair “Gaz Naturel Petrosvibri”
and Director of Soil Mechanics Laboratory (LMS), EPFL (CH)

"Converting carbon dioxide into gas fuels and chemicals" - Prof. Dr. Raffaella Buonsanti, Laboratory of Nanochemistry for Energy (LNCE), EPFL (CH)

"CO2 Storage technology" - Dr. Philip Ringrose, Specialist, CO2 Storage and Petroleum Geoscience Adjunct Prof., Equinor Research & Technology (NO)

"R&D on hydrogen energy carriers toward low carbon society" - M. Shigeru Muraki, Executive Adviser, Tokyo Gas (JP)

"Clean gas conversion and storage with solid oxide technology: progress in efficiency, volume and cost" - Dr. Jan van Herle, Group of Energy Materials (GEM), EPFL (CH)

The research carried out under the aegis of these professorships will result in innovative technological and economic solutions in the areas of transportation, storage and the manufacture of by-products. Professors Laloui and Dyson talk about their projects and the opportunities that will arise from them.


For Professor Lyesse Laloui, holder of the “Petrosvibri Chair of Natural Gas” at EPFL, burying CO2 in the subsoil is THE solution.

New technologies have a key role to play in efforts to reduce climate impact. Sequestration in the subsoil, which is the only current technology capable of reducing the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere, is particularly promising.

Click here to view the video created during the Exposure Science Film Hackathon 2016 on carbon capture storage (in French)

CO2 isn’t a toxic discharge – it has an energy value.” For Professor Paul J. Dyson, Director of the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at EPFL, and his colleague Berend Smit, Director of the Energy Centre, carbon dioxide is a resource to be exploited.

The task of this chair at EPFL is to capture at source the CO2 produced by industrial activities and derive value from its by-products. In particular, it is necessary to study the chemistry of CO2 in order to synthesise new molecules and enhance their value by turning them into a source of carbon for industry, liquid fuel or other by-products.