The Airborne Wind Energy project “ftero” takes flight thanks to the sponsorship of Radiate

Environment-conscious action and thinking has become quite important in recent years. The team around the ETH Zurich engineers from “ftero” has set itself the goal of developing an Airborne Wind Energy System – from the idea to an optimized prototype.

The students show with their project that the questions of the future energy supply can not only be answered by conventional technologies. The ftero focus project will be carried out at CMASLab, ETH Zurich, and will be presented to the public for the first time at the roll-out at ETH Zurich on 31.05.2017. In addition to the early prototypes, the first functional models LARA 1 and LARA 2 as well as the carbon wing CLARA will be introduced.

Radiate Engineering is the proud official bronze sponsor of the project and is happy about the success of ftero!

Radiate with a lecture at “Composites in the Bicycle Industry”

The use of carbon in the bike industry means maximum lightness on two wheels, but the application possibilities of composites are far from exhausted. So what is the state of the art in the bicycle industry and the innovative power of the composites industry? This question is addressed at the first-ever forum “Composites in the Bicycle Industry”, an event organized by the Carbon Composites e.V. Switzerland (CCeV).

Radiate Engineering will participate at the event in form of a lecture on “Competitive advantages through more efficient engineering”.

The forum “Composites in the Bicycle Industry” will take place on June 29th, from 9:30 am to 5:15 pm at the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur. Further information is available on the CCeV website.

Test report for new cable railway in Stoos

The new cable railway in Stoos is the steepest cable car in the world, with up to 110% gradient. It takes you up to the Bergdorf Stoos at around 1300 m above sea level. In only 3 1/2 minutes it will transport locals and tourists alike to the Stoos mountain and back into the valley. The technical highlight: the cabins remain always horizontally despite the extreme gradient. An original cabin of the new cable railway can already be viewed and experienced in the Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne.

Radiate Engineering has been contracted by CWA Constructions SA / Corp. in order to develop a test report of the Stoos cable railway according to the standard EN 13796-1.

We are looking forward to the new railway and the expected launch in December 2017!

Original cabin (image courtesy of Swiss Transport Museum):

Cargo drone successfully launched a Logistics & Distribution fair

Logistics & Distribution is the national industry event in Switzerland for intralogistics, distribution and e-logistics.

At this year’s show, a group of companies, including Radiate Engineering, successfully presented a new concept for a Swiss cargo drone. The concept was developed in cooperation with the companies AirRails, HS Composite und WiDV under the leadership of the Schweizerischer Verband Ziviler Drohnen (SVZD).

The new cargo drone is designed for the fast transport of smaller packages up to 2.5 kg and flies within optimized air corridors with a traveling speed of 60 km/h. All the safety systems required by The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) are on board. The drone is operated by an easy to use and safe app on the smartphone.

Overall, the cargo drone is ideal for B2B applications and was therefore met with great interest from the industry at the Logistics & Distribution fair.

Further information on the new cargo drone can be requested by mail to from the two board members Reto Büttner and Severin Leuenberger of the Schweizerischer Verband Ziviler Drohne.

Radiate is very happy to be part of the successful launch of this project, which will hopefully be a lot of fun in the future!



Open Prototyping

Worldwide and also in Switzerland the community which cultivates the open exchange of knowledge is growing. Professional open-innovation platforms such as Atizo, or the FabLab for the maker community were recently established. The philosophy of open-prototyping or open innovation is consciously delimited by the usual closed development processes, whose “exclusivity” by Schumpeter in 1942 was called “a substantial income for the innovator”. In contrast, the supporters of the “open” approach believe that the opening of the process significantly increases the potential for innovation. And this ultimately also helps the client of an innovation project. From the very beginning, Radiate Engineering was committed to the “open” concept. In its latest issue, the Technische Rundschau has dealt with the subject and has also written an article in which Radiate is featured.

Read here:

The new Papalagi is well received

The trekking bike “Papalagi” from MTB Cycletech, developed in collaboration with Radiate Engineering, has survived its first endurance test. Trekkingbike’s chief editor Tom Bierl took it on a 1’600 kilometer-long tour and extensively tested the Papalagi.

His conclusion: “The Papalagi purred without the slightest problem on the challenging tour. Rarely has a bike inspired me as instantly as the new Papalagi. ”

Together with MTB Cycletech, we are very happy about the successful test result!

Here is the full report:

Radiate is a new member of Carbon Composites Network

Carbon Composites e.V. is a network open for all companies and research facilities that are involved in the area of high-performance fiber composites.

The focus of Carbon Composites is on the promotion of the application of high-performance fiber composite technologies in Switzerland.

As a new member, Radiate Engineering will participate in the association from January 2017 onwards.

Timothy Habermacher, CEO of Radiate, comments on the reasons for the membership: “The CCeV is an ideal platform for us to participate in networks, trade fairs and events, and to actively contribute in order to make the use of composite technologies more popular.”

New dropout on the bikes of MTB-Cycletech

MTB-Cycletech founder Butch Gaudy made a name for himself as a mountain bike guru in Switzerland 30 years ago. The Bernese was the first to import the bicycle-friendly bikes from the USA to Switzerland.

Meanwhile, MTB-Cycletech has become a specialist for touring speed and with the Papalagi has an excellent two-wheeler with a long history. The design and technical features have been further developed for years and have been influenced by countless touring bike riders.

Radiate Engineering has developed a new dropout for MTB-Cycletech, which is now ready and is used in the Papalagi, RAW and Amar series.

New project for Orthotec AG

Orthotec AG is a subsidiary of the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation, based in the Swiss Paraplegic Center (SPZ) Nottwil. Since 1994, Orthotec AG has been assisting patients with various treatments.

Orthopedic technicians and bandagists ensure that disturbed or missing body functions are as much as possible supported or replaced. They orient themselves to the basic principles of medicine, use state-of-the-art technologies and use their abilities.

In no area is the artisanal component so at the center as in the orthopedic workshop. With high-tech, the specialists create exemplary solutions for the benefit of patients.

We are very pleased to be able to support Orthotec AG in an innovative project.