A biodegradable alternative to plastic.
Location / Climate Protection
Think packaging materials, and you’ll probably automatically think of Styrofoam. That’s something Alexandra Kletzsch, and her company Kompackt61, would like to change.
One form of marine pollution that doesn’t get much press is abandoned fishermen’s nets, or ghost nets. But ask the founders of the Hamburg start-up Bracenet, and they leave no doubt as to the seriousness of the problem.
Owing to the great diversity of turbine types and location, tailor-made procedures will be required for scrapping and recycling the turbines. Because different sorts of turbines are made from different materials, various regulations will apply.
More than 60 percent of German households would like to increase their use of renewable energy or even produce it themselves – that’s the finding of a survey of some 4000 households carried out by the government-owned business and development bank KfW.
Silicon Valley and Germany’s industrial Ruhr Valley are teaming up – to produce electric transport vehicles.
On the front of the rather nondescript square concrete building in Hamburg are the words “Welcome to the new Stone Age.” But the new electro-thermic (ETES) energy storage facility, which is being tested by Siemens Gamesa, is very much about the future, not the past.
The German start-up Sono Motors is mass-producing a surprisingly affordable EV that can run on self-generated solar power alone. Not only that, the Sion also includes its own built-in mobility system.
Germany is putting its money where its mouth is in terms of hydrogen-based energy technology. Economic Affairs and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier has promised to make Germany the “world number one,” and three German ministries are pumping hundreds of millions of euros into programs toward that end.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come out in favor of CO2 neutral aviation.