Christian Cachelin graduated in 1978 the Bachelor of Science in Electrotechnical Engineering, at the University of Applied Sciences Switzerland in Biel. From 1979 to 1994, he was project manager in different companies specialised in automation machines for the clock-making industry, packing machines for the food and medical industry, assembling machines of high efficiency and precision for the suppliers of the automotive industry. From 1995, he was the head of the robotics group for the plastic injection machines at Muller Fabrique de Moules SA Conthey during 3 years. From 1997 to 2011, he was the head of hardware engineering department at Remp AG Oberdiessbach, customising more than 40 installations of sample management stores for the chemical, agro, pharmaceutical and biological industry in the whole world. Since 2011, he is senior research assistant at the University of Applied Sciences Switzerland, HES-SO Valais//Wallis. He works partially in the hydraulic energy research team of Prof. Münch to develop new mechanical design dedicated to hydraulic turbomachinery and different mechanical systems. His main research interests are the mechatronic design in the service of new technology for different applied research applications.
In the framework of the SCCER-SoE research project, Christian Cachelin is working in the WP3 Innovative Technologies on the development of mechanical design dedicated to new technologies for small-hydro applications destined to energy production, including bearings, sealing and housing of the main components and instrumentation, Task 3.2.
He is actively involved in the Task 3.2 to develop the mechanical design and the assembling of a new counter-rotating micro-hydro turbine destined to recover energy lost in release valves of drink water systems. He is also in charge of the mechanical design of a new iso-kinetic turbine for rivers, including not only the hydraulic machine and its duct, but also the whole modular infrastructure for implantation and security.