“Air-quality solutions need to get more dynamic”

CEO Robert Heinecke of Breeze, the winner of the first de:Hub Startup Games competition in July, talks about what the event meant to his company and how it’s trying to improve the quality of the air we all breathe.

Innovative Hydrogen Tanks

The Institute for Lightweight Engineering and Plastics Technology (ILK) at the Technical University of Dresden is developing new thermoplastic fiber-composite hydrogen tanks in pancake design.

Hydrogen Busses

The eastern German city of Cottbus wants to make its bus fleet CO2 neutral. For that to happen, some of its 55 vehicles will have to run on “green hydrogen” produced from renewably generated electricity.

AI for Clean Air

Hawa Dawa means “air purity” in several languages – which makes it an appropriate name for a multicultural company associated with Munich’s Technical University that is devoted to combatting air pollution.

Reusable Packaging

Online retail is booming, with some 3.65 billion packages being sent in Germany in 2019 and that figure likely to rise considerably because of the coronavirus pandemic. This has led to a veritable deluge of packaging waste – a problem German French start-up LivingPackets aims to solve with something called, simply, The Box.

Cargo Bike Run Continues

The northern German city of Hamburg has extended a program to subsidizing the purchase of electric and conventional cargo bicycles.

Taking a Spin in Germany

US automaking giant Ford has joined the German e-scooter market. This summer, Ford subsidiary Spin rolled out two-wheelers in the western German cities of Cologne, Dortmund and Essen.

Growing the Grid

Germany’s public utilitites regulatory body, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), says that the country made major progress in expanding its power grid in 2019.

The Economics of Ecology

Combatting climate change is not only potentially essential to human survival. According to a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), it makes just as much economic sense.

Power to Gas

One intriguing idea for how to store excess energy produced by renewable sources for when it is needed is power-to-gas technology. It converts electricity into hydrogen via electrolysis, which is then introduced into the natural-gas network.