Monika Meier follows the dream of her departed husband Richard and has made a success of posidonia oceanica as an insulation material. Corona has given the "Neptune balls" an extra impulse.
RWTH Aachen has a premiere with the first ever E-truck intended for driving on highways using overhead power lines. Germany has three test tracks, Sweden one. Cost remains a major issue.
South Korea has by far the most robots due to its high number of automobile and electronics manufacturers. But robots are gaining traction. Robot Federation IFR therefore expects the boom to persist.
Researchers from 13 countries will work on more efficient hydrogen technologies at TU Munich. The 'future lab' ties in with the EU's strategy to significantly reduce the cost of hydrogen by 2030.
Germany is likely to have a new government before Christmas. Modernization plays a leading role in the coalition agreement "Mehr Fortschritt Wagen". R&D expenditures will rise to 3.5% of GDP.
Research institute TNO, together with the SolaRoad consortium and several international partners, is expanding the number of its solar road surface projects. For now, the focus is chiefly on bicycle p
The Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz is on the trail of a method whereby cement no longer requires lime to be heated in large furnaces. This could save billions of tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Following in Tesla's footsteps are countless other companies working on everything around battery production. Guben and Bitterfeld have a premiere with Europe's first lithium factories.
Swedish research reveals that the number of electric cars and trucks with exchangeable batteries is mushrooming in China. Advice to the EU: don't let this technological development fall behind.
The Fraunhofer Institute ISC is working on water-repellent biodegradable paper that can replace agricultural foil. This could reduce the amount of microplastics in the soil.
In Poland, two companies, KGHM and Synthos, have big plans for small-scale modular SMR nuclear reactors. They are not the only ones who see a future in this, but a lot of research is still needed.
CoMoveIT, a spin-off of KU Leuven, has developed a smart wheelchair that uses sensors and artificial intelligence (AI). It is the first start-up from the Bruges campus.
Mercedes-Benz has bought a 33% stake in ACC. The goal of this company is to increase battery production to 120 GWh by 2030 from virtually zero at present. An investment of 7 billion euros.
Germany under Merkel has remained stagnant in many areas. The economy is strong, but not very future-oriented. Experts are calling for a major modernization effort from the next government.
It will soon be one of the most important negotiation subjects after the elections. Will stricter climate regulations go hand in hand with an innovative and strong German industry?
The Fraunhofer Institute is working within the EU Switch2Save project on thermochromic and electrochromic glass that can reduce energy consumption by up to 70%.
When it comes to e-mobility, the emphasis is often on cars, but with bikes and other two- and three-wheeled vehicles, developments are at least as swift. This applies to models and rental concepts.
British researchers have genetically modified the Komagataeibacter rhaeticus bacterium to repair damage to certain types of materials.
BMW's battery project is one of four green technology projects in the automotive sector to be awarded a £91.7 million grant by the British government.
In recent weeks, Lilium, Eviation, Heart Aerospace and Vertical Aerospace all announced large orders for their electric aircraft.