Planck Technologies – Enabling the Energy Transition through Advanced Materials

Planck Technologies – Enabling the Energy Transition through Advanced Materials

The central question of the energy transition is: How can we reduce our carbon footprint while staying economically on top? Combatting carbon emissions can be approached in two main ways. One method involves using carbon capture technologies to extract already emitted CO2. Capturing CO2 can be done both from point source and air. Air capture…

The Future of Computing Blog – A Crossover Episode

The Future of Computing Blog – A Crossover Episode

Crossover episodes are widely known and popular in TV shows – one character of a show suddenly shows up in another TV show, for example, Family Guy’s Peter Griffin in the Simpson’s Springfield.  Today’s newsletter edition is also a crossover episode, as we talk to Benjamin Wolba, author of the Future of Computing blog. It…

EnerMan – A Framework for Energy Efficient Manufacturing Systems

EnerMan – A Framework for Energy Efficient Manufacturing Systems

Industrial processes take up a considerable portion of the total energy consumed. This imposes challenges on society for two reasons: First, high energy consumption brings a high carbon footprint, as energy consumption could be more perfectly carbon neutral. Second, it strains the electrical grid, which is already more strained than ever due to the increased…

Solaqua: The Next Evolution in Solar – From Land to Sea

Solaqua: The Next Evolution in Solar – From Land to Sea

Solar cells are a favorite among renewable energies, especially in the more sunny countries further south. A remaining problem, however, is the available space: Solar cells produce less energy per square meter than conventional power plants. Hence, much larger areas are needed. This introduces a serious problem: The regions with the most significant energy needs…

Swobbee – Safe Charging For Clean Transportation

Swobbee – Safe Charging For Clean Transportation

Ancient countries were held together by horse riders: Whether fast messengers, transportation of goods, or the usage of cavalry for quick interventions. However, horses are sensible animals who get tired after some path and can’t continue the same day. If someone needed to travel quickly, they needed to change horses in substations. In Roman times,…

Turboden: Large Heat Pumps for the Industry

Turboden: Large Heat Pumps for the Industry

Decarbonizing heating processes is one key issue in achieving sustainability. The public discussion now mainly focuses on the heating of private households, as seen in the lively debate about Germany’s recently passed “heating law”, in which German lawmakers make it mandatory for new buildings to use sustainable heating sources such as heat pumps. Industrial processes…

Framatome: One Day at the Nuclear Reactor

Framatome: One Day at the Nuclear Reactor

In the search for ecologically friendly solutions, nuclear energy is the arguably most disputed solution: A French initiative led the EU to declare nuclear energy to be green, Poland just gets started with nuclear power, and many other countries, as the Czech Republic ramped up their repertoire. In stark contrast, Germany, the biggest economy in the…

Knowledge Co-Production Spaces: Raising Awareness about Climate Change

Knowledge Co-Production Spaces: Raising Awareness about Climate Change

Facing climate change and its consequences is usually discussed in terms of the technological challenges we have to face. However, any effort can only succeed with most of the population favoring the necessary changes. In public debate, the agreement of broad parts of society is often just a priori assumed – a state, however, which is not…

Imbalances of the Electric Grid: Implications, Challenges and Solutions

Imbalances of the Electric Grid: Implications, Challenges and Solutions

Electricity has been a natural part of civilized life for decades, yet almost nobody knows how the grid works. While this is a larger topic, today we discuss the increasing challenge of keeping the balance: The electrical grid always has to balance demand and supply. Yet, hectic daily life is full of constant changes: Lights…

Horizon 2020: Putting European Innovations Back on Track

Horizon 2020: Putting European Innovations Back on Track

The transitions needed to face climate change are numerous: About how we can reduce carbon footprint, become more efficient in our heating, or increase the availability of data in processes. Innovations are needed to tackle these problems. In a global context, Europe is often said to need to be faster, facing the danger of lagging…