Gas and oil prices are going through the roof. Many consumers are wondering how they can handle the price premiums. But things are also becoming increasingly tight for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). According to a survey by the Federal Association of Medium-Sized Businesses (BVMW), three out of four companies stated that they were suffering from the high energy prices. 40% of the approximately 850 companies surveyed even fear for their existence (external link).
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This month there are:
- neozoan: mobile battery-powered suction cup light
- pagopace: pay contactless with a special ring
- Eeden: chemical upcycling process transforms old cotton textiles into cellulose
- Citytree: “Moss Tree” is said to cool and purify cities
- Ororatech: Software to fight forest fires through satellites
- Mineko: Software checks utility bills
- Every Foods: quick-frozen deep-frozen meals especially for vegans
Mobile battery-powered suction cup light
Whether on a long train journey, camping or in smaller rooms without windows, the necessary light sources are not always available. A start-up from Munich has developed a practical solution to this problem – a battery-powered cordless suction cup light that can be mounted on almost any surface in seconds. That Special The thing about the lamp is that it can be taken almost anywhere thanks to the integrated, rechargeable battery.
The two founders realized a first prototype through a funding program from the Munich University of Applied Sciences. They financed the first small series via crowdfunding.
Contactless payment through a special ring
The possibility of making contactless payments at the checkout has been around for several years – but not with a ring until now. However, a business founder from Cologne has developed such a ring, which serves both as jewelry and as a credit card.
For this purpose, a small chip and an antenna were installed in the ring, which have carriers two possibilitiesto pay with this at checkouts:
On the one hand, a monetary value can be loaded with the help of an app and the ring can thus be used as a prepaid version. On the other hand, your own credit card can be connected directly to the ring.
Chemical upcycling process converts used cotton textiles into cellulose
The textile industry currently causes more than a billion tons of CO2 every year – more than international flights and cruises combined. The fashion industry as part of the textile industry alone is responsible for 5% of global emissions.
In view of the constantly growing world population and hardly any expandable natural resources, e.g. B. in cotton production, today’s textile industry should be questioned.
Against this background, a start-up from North Rhine-Westphalia has developed an interesting technology for recycling cotton residues into new cellulose fibers in order to break through the “fast fashion trend”. Hereby want the founders from old clothes obtain high-purity pulp for new cellulose fibers. In order for this to succeed, it is first necessary to separate material mixtures (e.g. polyester and cotton). The start-up relies on a special chemical reaction that breaks down the polyester. The cellulose is recovered from the remaining cotton using a further chemical process. The dyes are then removed. The fibers have cotton-like properties after upcycling.
“Mossbaum” is said to cool and clean cities
Lots of heat and little rain: According to meteorologists, the summer of 2021 was the hottest summer since weather records began. However, this could change soon, because the summer of 2022 could also be a record summer will. Drought, heat, forest fires and little rain: the consequences for nature are already serious – and a lasting change in the weather is not in sight.
The start-up Green City Solutions from Brandenburg is starting with its business idea and has developed an artificial tree that filters 82% of the fine dust from the ambient air and cools it at the same time. This happens through integrated moss modulesthat have a natural filtering power and are networked through an Internet-of-Things interface.
With an automated irrigation and ventilation system, the City Tree can clean and cool the surrounding air. According to the company, up to 82% of the fine dust in the air can be filtered directly on the moss and the air can also be cooled by up to four degrees.
Software to fight forest fires through satellites
In many European countries, forests are falling victim to the flames. Germany is also affected by numerous forest fires (external link). With annually rising temperatures causing drought in forested areas, there is a possibility that forest fires will continue to increase in the future. By the end of the century, the number of forest fires could increase doublewarn the United Nations (external link).
A number of satellites have already been sent into orbit to detect forest fires at an early stage. However, this did not work as these are only used as a supplement in forest fires. They are mostly used to track forest fires that have already broken out – but not to forest fires to recognize early. Also, many of these are too slow, as it can take up to six hours for data to get from the satellite to Earth.
The Munich start-up Ororatech wants to tackle this problem – and has one own satellites developed to prevent forest fires. With so-called mini-satellites, which are about the size of a shoebox, it should be possible to detect fires from a size of ten by ten meters within half an hour. The satellites are equipped with thermal imaging cameras, a computing unit and artificial intelligence. According to Ororatech, information can be sent to Earth just three minutes after recording. The first prototype, which is used for test purposes, is already circling at an altitude of around 550 kilometers.
Software checks utility bills
Gas and oil prices have risen sharply in recent months. This is becoming an existential problem for more and more tenants and many are already afraid of the utility bills. What many do not know, however, is that utility bills are often faulty are and renters pay too much. While the overpaid costs for private tenants amount to around 220 euros, for commercial tenants this is even 500 euros per 100 square meters.
A business founder from Berlin supports tenants and uses his business idea to combat incorrect utility bills. He has one for that software, based on artificial intelligence (AI) that checks utility bills. But since this quickly reaches its limits, for example if there are handwritten additions to rental agreements, he processes the statements with a team of ancillary cost auditors.
In order to be able to use the start-up’s service, users send the company their rental agreement, the bill and the cover letter in digital form. The company then collects the data and creates its own correct service charge statement, which can then be compared with the one received from the landlord. The customer gets one report, in which each position is explained. If the amount of an item deviates particularly far from the market average, the AI recognizes this and advises the customer to request a receipt from the landlord.
Important for tenants: Objections to an invoice can be made up to one year after receipt, even if the invoice has already been paid.
Flash frozen meals especially for vegans
Especially in times of “Corona permanent home office” many more people cook at home. In this way, the conventional roll from the baker can be replaced with a fresh and healthy lunch. However, many people tend to go for the ready-made lasagne or frozen pizza, since the preparation of a high-quality dish would take more time during the lunch break. Thanks to the business idea of two entrepreneurs from Berlin, this is now over. Because they have set themselves the task of delivering shock-frozen, plant-based dishes to your home. These dishes are free of additives and should be ready in ten minutes.