American Businesses Love Germany

In its annual Transatlantic Business Barometer survey, the American Chamber of Commerce (Am Cham) in Germany determined that 81% of US entrepreneurs in Germany rated the country as a “very good” or “good” business location.

Research Factory for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen

Powering vehicles – and especially trucks and buses – with hydrogen is considered a very promising and particularly climate-friendly alternative as long as it comes from water whose molecules have been split into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity generated by renewable source. Among the German organizations aiming to further develop this technology is Hyfab Baden-Württemberg, a research factory for fuel cells and hydrogen.

Charging Networks for Electric Vehicles

As the German government and car manufacturers try to get more electric vehicles on the road, massive efforts are being made to ensure that charging stations for these vehicles are plentiful, ubiquitous and fast.

Deduction of R&D Expenditures from Tax

Investors might soon have yet another incentive to invest in Germany.

Mixed Reality in the Operating Room

A new technology developed in Hamburg could transform surgery across the world. The startup Apoqlar has developed the Virtual Surgery Instructor (VSI), a program that converts CT and MRI scans into 3D models that can be projected directly onto a patient and viewed by a surgeon wearing mixed reality glasses called the Microsoft HoloLens.

Germany as a “Sustainable Finance” Location

The State Secretaries’ Committee for Sustainable Development has approved fresh efforts to help make Germany a leading location for “sustainable finance”, which the federal government understands as financial market players taking sustainability into account in their decision-making.

New Fund for Fraunhofer Spin-Offs

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will jointly launch a EUR 60 million fund to help spin-offs commercialize the intellectual property generated at the 72 Fraunhofer institutes spread across Germany.

Smart Dog Collar

A Bielefeld-based startup developed a sensor-equipped dog collar that communicates with a smartphone app.

World’s First Trading Place for Bitcoin

In what is being hailed as a milestone for the world of cryptocurrencies, Stuttgart saw the launch of the world’s first trading place for Bitcoin and competitors organized by a regulated stock exchange operator.

“Black Magic” Energy Storage

In Bitterfeld-Wolfen, at the Technology and Founders’ Center (TGZ) in its chemical park, researchers with the company Black Magic are developing revolutionary energy-storage systems.