Microalgae offer the industry an interesting future market. These green unicellular organisms can convert light into biomass five times more efficiently than land plants. They are rich in valuable ingredients and are very versatile, for example, as a food supplement or in the field of cosmetics, food and feed, biofuel, fertilizer and even as ingredient substances for drugs. The market volume of algae production has already exceeded the one billion US dollar mark and continues to grow fast.
Even as far back as 1870, the French science fiction author Jules Verne was convinced that, in his own words, ”water is the coal of the future.” But it was actually the German researcher Christian Friedrich Schönbein who found out in 1838 that electrical power can be generated very efficiently by way of the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. The reusable ”waste product” is what we call water. While the dynamo generator that relies on movement to generate electricity became popular more quickly, this technology, using the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, has experienced a renaissance ever since the first moon missions were successfully supplied with power by fuel cells in the 1960s. Many different versions were developed for mobile and stationary use. The high temperature fuel cell is believed to have particularly good market potential.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are characterized by a minimal need for mechanical maintenance compared to petroleum- powered counterparts. No cylinders, low vibration levels, and some components, such as the alternator, are eliminated completely. In contrast, the technical requirements for air conditioner compressors are higher in EVs: Apart from high power consumption that needs to be supplied by the battery, the automotive industry is showing interest in the use of CO2 as an environmentally friendly refrigerant gas. Since compressors are used at several points in the engine, more pressure is needed when using CO2 compared to other refrigerant gases. These demanding circumstances create the need for special compressor seals able to withstand this high pressure. NEC SCHOTT utilizes its signature glass-to-metal sealing technology to produce compressor seals that meet this demand. In this process, metal pins are hermetically sealed into ring openings, providing a conductive connection that is shielded by glass. The shield is reinforced with the compression exerted by the outer metal on the inner parts of glass and metal. No matter the weather, glass-to-metal sealed compressor terminals from NEC SCHOTT enable air conditioning systems to function reliably.
As one of the first companies in the world to focus solely on LED technology, Obelux has built a reputation for quality. It is one of the only major players in the industry to secure its luminous devices with glass rather than plastic, which is cheaper and lighter. So why did they choose glass? Tapio Kallonen, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Helsinki-based company, explains the innovation was hardly a choice. “We decided at the very beginning of our journey that glass was the only option. The costs would be worth the result.” His customers have reason to agree. “Our products are on skyscrapers, wind turbines, bridges, even out at sea – these places are hard to reach, very hard to clean, and very hard to service with maintenance or repair.”
One person likes to read; another likes to dream. One needs light; the other feels disturbed when there is too much light. The perfect seat lighting is often responsible for whether passengers can enjoy a relaxed flight or not. Above the clouds not only do the needs of the passengers differ, but the airlines also have quite different ideas about how to create a perfect atmosphere on board with lighting. The flexible modular system for reading lamps from SCHOTT on aircraft seats offers cabin designers maximum flexibility and minimal project risk. All components – whether LED or fiber optics – are already qualified in advance by the major aircraft manufacturers and can be used flexibly and individually due to the modular design. In addition, the concept saves time and money. SCHOTT Reading Lights fly in a variety of ways around the globe: for example, with SAS, Virgin Australia or Lufthansa. A sophisticated concept. And they look great too – even when the light is off.