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About our teams

Our start-up teams present their business ideas and their motivation.

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Company name

BRC Solar Ltd

Founded

2018

Sector

Photovoltaic performance optimization

Website

www.brc-solar.de

BRC Solar Ltd

Our business idea ... we developed electronics that optimizes the performance of shaded photovoltaic modules. Currently this add-on can be installed directly on a shaded module by a professional assembler. We are developing a version of a module where our electronics (electronic module) can be installed directly in the connection socket of a PV module.

Why did we decide to found a company in this sector ... the first prototype of electronics was already developed at the University of Applied Science of Karlsruhe in 2016. Timm Czarnecki was involved in the first implementation of electronics during a project thesis. After presenting the results at the Photovoltaic Conference EUPVSEC in summer 2017, Timm got an idea about founding a company. As a result Richard and Pascal joined the team in August 2017. We believe that photovoltaic sector is a fast growing sector and will contribute to energy solutions of the future. 

Company name

Liquidbeam Ltd

Founded

2017

Sector

Electronics for end consumers

Website

www.liquidbeam.de

Liquidbeam Ltd

Our business idea ... ELIAH is our first product out of a planned range of consumer products. ELIAH is an innovative light and heat combination: slim LED spotlight and practically noiseless digital fan heater in a ceiling light. The highlight of ELIAH is that it can be upgraded within minutes and can be controlled via a normal light switch. By turning on the light switch consequently one can chose the desired brightness and comfort temperature. There are six individually adjustable scenes designed for that purpose that allow all combinations of light intensity, heat or air flow. Mobile fan heaters in many areas can be replaced by ELIAH that offer both room aesthetics and higher safety. Energy saving of up to 30% due to needs-based heating controlled via a micro-controller is possible as well as a simple integration into a smart home system.   

Why did we decide to found a company in this sector ... implementation of innovative and useful products for consumer market is the major component of our strategy. We have a lot of ideas for this area and see a big advantage due to direct feedback from potential customers that helps us to verify the success of a business idea. Our know-how can be applied very well to consumer market.  

Company name

Nexol Photovoltermic plc

Founded

2016

Sector

Photovoltaics, water heating

Website

www.nexol-ag.com

Nexol Photovoltermic plc

Our business idea ... is the development and distribution of applications for hot water generation using photovoltaic electricity. Our product is a boiler that can be operated directly with a photovoltaic electricity. Our clients receive sustainable warm water supply at a more affordable price compared to existing systems of the same size (up to 100l). Our boiler can generate warm water at a price of 5-8 Cent / kWh. In addition our boiler is less prone to errors and is easy to install. 

Why did we decide to found a company in this sector ... The founders' team is a mixture of young university graduates and photovoltaics veterans. In recent years we have found out that currently there is no satisfactory solution for solar island systems using solar electricity for warm water generation. At the same time we were confirmed of the high demand of such products. That is why it became our goal to develop an inexpensive and efficient solution for the current market.

Company name

Smartivate

Founded

-

Sector

Smart Home

Website

www.smartivate.de

Smartivate

Our business idea ... We are the first Online Configurator Platform for Smart Home products in the plug and play sector. The core of our platform is the Smart Home Configurator which significantly makes the purchasing process easy & offers tailor-made product solutions. Our configurator guides you intuitively, through questions and relevant information in the Smart Home world. After answering a few questions, you will immediately receive a compatible product solution, matching your preferences, budget and above all, fitting your existing infrastructure. For this we have developed a database and a Product Compatibility Mapping System (PCMS) algorithm that facilitates this match-making process. Therefore, it no longer takes days or weeks, instead provides you with a reliable & compatible solution in just a few clicks. 

Why did we decide to found a company in this sector ... Smart home technology is all about interconnected devices that make your home energy efficient, more comfortable and keep you secure from burglars. However, the process of making your home smart is like finding a needle in hay stack. It is very complex for an average consumer to choose compatible devices as there are various manufacturers with hundreds of product varieties in the market and different functionalities along with various protocols (WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, etc.) only add to customer frustration. It can so happen that - you buy eight products but end up installing four apps on your smartphone and still cannot automate your home because the devices cannot communicate with one-another. To solve this complexity, it takes days and even weeks to find a suitable product solution. What if there was a tool to help you find compatible solutions that suit your needs & requirements in a simple & efficient way?        

Company name

theSARMproject (AEI Lab)

Founded

2017

Sector


Automobile, drones, aviation, navy, power generation

Website

www.thesarmproject.com

The SARM project

Our business idea ... is the development of a new concept concentric rotary engine, called SARM (Savvas Rotary Motor). 

Our team is currently working on the development of this engine, a novel approach of the internal combustion engines (ICEs). We have a series of detailed simulations for its full operating cycle which is also our proof of concept. The CFD analysis shows the following strengths compared to conventional ICEs of similar power:
- up to 4 times smaller and lighter
- up to 20% lower fuel consumption and less CO2 emissions than gasoline engines (based on the Atkinson cycle)
- zero CO2 emissions with hydrogen or e-fuels
- up to 80% less NOx emissions

Why did we decide to found a company in this sector ... Our product is an internal combustion engine, and it can replace its conventional competitors in all their nowadays applications. Moreover, due to its small weight and volume, this engine can also be used in other applications that the conventional engines are not capable of intruding in, like drones and robotic arms.

Company name

Hilabs Ltd

Founded

2018

Sector

Energy storage

Website

http://www.hilabs.de/

Hilabs Ltd

Our business idea ... we developed a technical and economically scalable electricity storage device for stationary and mobile applications. Our Air-Breathing-Battery (ABBy) utilizes air and low cost zinc metal as fuel. Its energy density is thus many times higher than that of conventional lithium-ion batteries. The metal slurry is replaceable and the battery can be manufactured in a very cost-effective way.
Our business model is based on the manufacturing and sale of cell components such as electrodes and slurry to cell manufacturers and battery system integrators. There are approximately 1,6 million households with photovoltaic units without electricity storage devices. That is equivalent to a market potential of about 640 million Euro.

Why did we decide to found a company in this sector ... alternative solutions for conventional lithium-ion technology are in high demand by the industry. HILABS is a team of very experienced engineers who were working on the research and development of the innovative energy storage concept since 2012. It has therefore become our goal to develop and market a cost-effective and efficient solution for electricity storage.

Company name

PIONIERKRAFT Ltd

Founded

2019

Sector

Energy management

Website

https://pionierkraft.de

PIONIERKRAFT Ltd

Our business idea ... is a hardware and service package with which owners of photovoltaic systems can share their own generated energy economically, legally secure and operator-friendly with neighborhood households. This will increase the proportion of energy consumed locally, allow more people access to affordable renewable energy, and make existing and newly installed PV systems more efficient and profitable.

Why did we decide to found a company in this sector ... Co-founder Andreas Eberhardt dealt for the first time in his Bachelor thesis with the question of how owners of photovoltaic systems can economically share their self-generated energy with neighborhood households. The first place at the "Strascheg Award" in the category "Best Scientific Idea", university projects for technical realization as well as the enormous positive response caused by the publication of an interview in pv magazine confirmed Andreas Eberhardt in his founding project and the further development of his solution. In Nicolas Schwaab, he found the ideal co-founder who perfectly complemented the founding team both professionally and personally. The now four-member team shares the common vision of actively shaping the energy transition through a new form of decentralized energy supply.

Company name

Refolution Industriekälte Ltd

Founded

2019

Sector

Refrigeration technology

Website

https://www.refolution.de

Refolution Industriekälte Ltd

Our business idea ... With our innovative approach and many years of professional experience, we offer sustainable refrigeration solutions for industrial applications that consume up to 80% less electrical energy than conventional chillers, depending on the application. Individual solutions are developed, delivered, installed and commissioned together with the customer. We guarantee a careful selection of high-quality components to ensure that the system functions reliably and cost-effectively during its life cycle. As the first finished product, we have developed an innovative cold sauna for pain therapy and professional sports.

Why did we decide to found a company in this sector ... Energy can only go from warm to cold. Therefore, the generation of cold always requires a complicated process. The refrigeration industry is very conservative and innovations are often driven by politics through environmental regulations. With our contribution, we want to ensure that we do not wait for the next regulation, but use the same good technologies that can also be used for the next decades without any negative impact on people and the environment.

Company name

edge l it

Founded

2019

Sector

Cloud-computing

Website

https://www.edge-it.io

edge l it

Our business idea ... We want to sustainably link the two major challenges of our generation: energy transition and digitalization. And data centers are located in the engine room of digitalization. We are countering the prevailing centralized cloud architecture with a decentralized, networked approach. With an intelligent swarm of distributed data centers, we bring computing power to where it is needed: Close to our customers. To this end, we use the existing locations and infrastructure of wind and solar power plants and obtain the green power where it is most convenient: directly on site. Where possible, we also use server waste heat for climate-neutral air conditioning of customer properties. This enables us to offer medium-sized companies sustainable and low-latency IT outsourcing at locations close to their customers. A superordinate energy management system also allows the efficient operation of the entire Swarm Association as an active part of the energy system transformation. Secure. Decentralized. Sustainable. Connected.

Why did we decide to found a company in this sector ... With the advancing digitalization of all social domains, the digital infrastructure is becoming of central importance for economic and social development. However, this also means a massive increase in the energy requirements of the data centers required for this purpose. Worldwide, data centers already consume more than 2/3 of the total German electricity demand. And the trend is rising. It is therefore urgently necessary to combine a sustainable energy supply concept with the requirements of secure and high-performance data processing.

Company name

Batalyse

Founded

-

Sector

Data evaluation - Energy storage/fuel cells

Website

-

Batalyse

Our business idea ... Batalyse is a software for companies that use energy storage and fuel cells in their products and for scientists who are active in the field of material/cell/module/battery/fuel cell research. Batalyse evaluates measurement and CAN data from energy storage devices and fuel cells within seconds, compares measurement data and creates multilingual result diagrams and statistics if required. An associated, optional database module organizes the measurement data with all background information (process, test specimen, project, material) and enables extensive data evaluation, pattern recognition and automated evaluation. A reporting module creates customized protocols and reports.

Why did we decide to found a company in this sector ... The market for energy storage and fuel cells is growing exponentially. Internal company processes are not sufficiently prepared for this. Batalyse automates, accelerates, digitizes, standardizes and improves these processes. You too can use Batalyse to prepare for the future.