Munich Start-Up Makes Kit for EV-Retrofitting Trucks and Busses

With political and environmental pressure growing to cut transportation-related CO2 emissions , newcomer Pepper Motion from the Bavarian capital wants to electrify diesel haulage trucks and busses. The start-up says that retrofitting is a crucial aspect of Germany reaching its ambitious greenhouse-gas reduction targets.

German Drones Reseed Forests

Woodlands around the world are suffering from the effects of climate change, so reforestation is set to become increasingly important. Berlin start-up Skyseed has developed a system of using drones to seed damaged areas.

France and Germany Fund Anti-Crisis AI Initiatives

The French and German governments are putting EUR 17.9 million into five projects aimed at using artificial intelligence to increase sustainability, identify and combat potential epidemics, and protect industry against disruptions to supply chains.

ESA Needs New Space Companies to Plug Gap

“There’s a shortage of rockets“, complained the head of German satellite maker OHB, Marco Fuchs, to business newspaper Handelsblatt.

Mechanical Servants

Good help can be hard to find, as many businesses discovered in 2021. Service robots are increasingly being adopted in countries where wages are high and labor shortages threaten many economic sectors.

Norwegian Scale-up Comes to Germany to Reinvent the Wheel

Wheel.Me from Oslo has designed what it says is the world’s first autonomous logistics wheel combining robotics, indoor navigation technology and data analytics. The scale-up has just taken this innovative idea to Germany, establishing a subsidiary near the logistics hub of Frankfurt.

Tesla Opens Historic German Gigafactory Near Berlin

March 22, 2022 will go down as a major date in German automotive history, as US electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla inaugurated its first-ever European gigafactory in the regional state of Brandenburg outside the German capital.

German Scientists Co-Develop World’s “Smallest Battery”

Researchers at the Technical University of Chemnitz and Dresden’s Leibniz Institute IFW have constructed a battery the size of a dust particle. Scientists at the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry were also involved in the project, which is being touted as the world’s tiniest battery.

Hot German Robotics Firm Records Big Cash Influx

Wandelbots, a high-flying start-up from the eastern city of Dresden, has ascended to the next financial level with a funding round of USD 84 million.

Bremen Institute Improves 3D Printing with Extreme Heat and Pressure

1400 degrees Celsius and 200 MPa – nearly enough heat to melt iron and the pressure of a luxury car resting on the point of a finger. Those are the impressive specs of the Hot Isostatic Press (HIPpe) at Bremen’s ECOMAT technology center.