When it comes to sensors that are wireless or inaccessible there arises the question of supplying them with power in a sustainable manner. The EU SYMPHONY project is dedicated to resolving this question and aims to develop a power supply platform for wireless sensor nodes. The focus is not just on the potential for autonomous power systems, but also on how to make them sustainable. JOANNEUM RESEARCH is researching improvements to a polymer that is capable of converting kinetic energy from mechanical vibrations or rotation into electrical energy.
Saubermacher and the city of Villach set themselves the objective of implementing intelligent waste collection. The initial pilot project from 2018 is now being rolled out on a large scale. Around 500 household waste bins have been equipped with the required chips. A recyclable material scanner evaluates the quality of the waste separation, and users receive feedback on their waste separation directly to their mobile phone. Intelligent glass collection is also being implemented: Around 1,100 glass containers have been fitted with high-tech sensors. The company SLOC has developed the IoT tool, which links parameters, such as container fill level and maximum truck payload, to generate optimum route plans for collection.
Developed as a joint initiative by the Green Tech Cluster and Glacier, the new Climate Tech Landscape is a presentation that, for the first time, gives an overview of green start-ups offering solutions for sustainability in the following sectors: energy, mobility, building, production, food and the circular economy. The momentum in the area of climate protection is building up rapidly: Of the 150 start-ups listed, more than 70 were founded in the last 36 months. The highest density of green start-ups can be found in Styria, where green start-ups outnumber start-ups in the other sectors by more than two to one.
In the context of the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) program, the European Commission has approved a second major research and innovation project within the scope of value-added chain for batteries. Bringing together 42 partners from 12 member states, the team for European Battery Innovation project has set itself the objective of revolutionising the battery market. A total funding of €12 billion is being mobilised to achieve this purpose. Out of the 6 Austrian partners, it is particularly pleasing to see that three come from Styria: AVL, Rosendahl Nextrom and Varta Micro Innovation.
Seven new leading research projects with international potential are kicking off in Austria, following the release of € 10.4 million from the COMET program. Four of those seven projects come from the Green Tech Valley in southern Austria and it is particularly encouraging that all four projects are in the environmental technology sector. Currently, the Green Tech Valley is home to 15 out of the 18 Centres of Excellence in Austria in the energy and environmental technology sector that generate significant stimuli in the area of renewable energy, environmental technology and conservation of resources in manufacturing.