Nominees 2017

Product category

‘Ice energy storage and power roof’ energy package
Viessmann Eis-Energiespeicher GmbH

The ‘Ice energy storage and power roof’ system uses a PVT collector to generate heat and electricity from the ambient air and solar rays. The thermal energy that is generated is then used to heat water in an underground concrete storage tank. This heat serves as source of energy for a heat pump that heats up the building and which is itself powered by the electrical energy generated by the system. The pump removes heat from the water, which is then cooled until it freezes, releasing useable crystallisation energy. In summer, the ice that forms in the ice energy storage is available as a cost-free and emission-free cooling reservoir.

ANKER Gebr. Schoeller GmbH & Co. KG

The ‘flooro’ flooring textile, which weighs 30 to 70% less than conventional flooring materials, has been specially developed for the aerospace industry. For the field of aviation, this can make a positive contribution to fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Thanks to an extremely dense weave, the flooring fabric is particularly hard-wearing and easy to clean. The manufacturing process uses exclusively recycled fibres. A Velcro system enables easy assembly and disassembly, thus doing away with the need for adhesives.

G 6000 EcoFlex dishwasher
Miele & Cie. KG
Design Center Miele

The G 6000 EcoFlex dishwasher combines excellent ecological values with technical and creative innovations. Newly utilised materials and well-conceived design facilitate the ideal positioning for gentle cleaning and drying of stemware. The use of a heat accumulator contributes to a considerable reduction in energy consumption. The materials used feature a high degree of recyclability, and composites have been largely eliminated. In addition, the units have been tested for a service life of at least 20 years.

Green Shape Core Collection (GSCC)
VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG
Design: Mario Schlegel, Johan Raiha, Philipp Ziegler, Melanie Gros, Jakob Weigel

For the ‘Green Shape Core Collection’, VAUDE set out to utilise the most sustainable functional textiles currently available, and to drive development forward where there are no available solutions yet. The 20 items in the collection are manufactured using certified natural materials combined with recyclable or bio-based functional materials. Thereby, all materials were carefully examined from both an ecological and social perspective. The functional design of the products is geared towards a wide variety of applications, with optimal combinability. Launch is planned for the winter of 2018.

C1-mini-HC LED spotlight
Jan Eickhoff, corporate friends

The C1-mini-HC LED spotlight is specially designed for the flexible illumination of cabinets in museums, exhibitions and shop fitting. It can be aligned without tools as well as freely positioned on the contact rail through the use of a magnetic ball joint and mount. Every spotlight is individually dimmable via a magnet sensor. In the event of a power failure, the set value is saved and preserved.

Natascha von Hirschhausen – Design. Mode. Ethik.
Natascha von Hirschhausen

In her fashion collection ‘Natascha von Hirschhausen - Design.Mode.Ethik’, the designer uses only IVN BEST and GOTS-certified materials, while plastic has been avoided in all components. The clothing is manufactured locally in Berlin, and production is made to order, which minimises transportation routes and prevents overproduction. Special cutting techniques have reduced overall waste to just one percent. The innovative cuts, each of which spans several sizes, are independent of the season, and repairs are guaranteed at no cost.

Efficient Energy GmbH

The ‘eChiller’ refrigeration system uses plain water as refrigerant and transfer medium, and completely avoids the use of synthetic refrigerants, oils or greases. The infinitely variable regulation of the refrigeration capacity and equally flexible adaptation to ambient conditions reduces electrical consumption, which helps to cut CO2 emissions by up to 80%. In addition, the refrigeration system is low-vibration and extremely quiet.

Service category

Germany-wide comparison portal for repair solutions GmbH

Users of can search for self-repair and third-party repair solutions for defective electrical appliances (currently smartphones and fully automatic coffee machines). On the basis of user-generated parameters, the online comparison portal recommends repair videos and spare parts dealers, local repair services and alternatives to repairs, such as options for second-hand purchases, renting, as well as the sale or recycling of a device. Repair recommendations help to extend the service and useful life of electrical appliances, and offer alternatives to new purchases.

Querfeld – We deliver natural diversity
Querfeld UG
Design: Kreativagentur LAUTHALS GmbH
Moritz Glück, Daniel Plath, Giacomo Blume

On average, up to 30% of any given crop is sorted out for purely aesthetic reasons. Querfeld offers farmers the opportunity to sell these ‘crooked’ fruit and vegetables – quickly and flexibly. As well as networking producers and customers, the project also contributes to raising public awareness on the issues of food waste and biodiversity. This is achieved through targeted marketing activities and communication materials provided to platform clients.

Räubersachen ('Robbers Things')

The online service ‘Räubersachen’ rents out ecologically produced clothing and shoes for infants and toddlers. These are offered in four different states (new, very good, good and Räubersachen, meaning ‘Robbers’ things’), which are reflected in the price. When returned, the clothing and shoes are cleaned and repaired, if required, and then returned to the use cycle. The platform strives towards sustainability in all areas of the business. To this end, the company also offers free tutorials on the topics of laundry care and repairs.

Too Good To Go
Too Good To Go

Too Good To Go is the app that rescues food from an undue fate. With the app, catering establishments can sell their over-produced foodstuffs at a discounted price to customers, who collect the food themselves. Restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and hotels are no longer forced to senselessly dispose of their perfectly edible food, customers get a delicious meal and discover new outlets in their local area, and above all, the entire approach conserves valuable resources! The overarching objective is to move towards a world in which the food that is produced is actually consumed.

Concept category

Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig

The ‘Baubotanik’ approach combines biological and constructive principles with an architectural concept. Thereby, trees are affixed to constructional elements. Over time, the increasing size and stability of the trees has the effect of creating living structures. Additional constructions that are required only at the beginning of the process can be later dismantled. In addition to its uniquely welcoming qualities, the project contributes to the urban climate and highlights the potential of the ecological and spatial utilisation of plants in architecture and urban planning.

Apisystems GmbH
Design: N+P Industrial Design – Christiane Bausback, Andreas Bergsträßer, Julia Haschke

All around the world, bees are affected by Varroa mites, which are thought to be one of the reasons for the recent mass die-off of bees. The Bienensauna (‘Bee sauna’) is a straightforward means of combating these mites through the use of heat: the bee ‘sweats’ healthily while the heat-sensitive mite is killed. This does away with the need for conventional acid treatment, which is harmful for the bees. Between ‘sauna sessions’ the bee sauna is disinfected with a natural formulation.

Duisburger Werkstatt für Menschen mit Behinderung
Design in cooperation with The Retail Academy, R.e.a.d. Bildungs GmbH

The ‘esthétique’ project places an equal focus on both ecology and social fairness. Here, people with and without disabilities work closely alongside one another to develop, present and produce fashion that tells stories and represents a counter-model to ‘fast fashion’. The key theme of the current collection is the question of what makes us happy. Only GOTS certified products are used. Production takes place in the tailor shop of the Duisburg workshop for people with disabilities (WfbM).

ETA-Fabrik – The energy-efficient model factory

With the aim of maximum resource efficiency, the ETA model factory makes use of a synergetic thermal interface between the production process and the active building envelopes. Waste heat can be stored and then reused when required through the application of an integrative planning approach that directs the energy streams. Compared to a conventional production facility, this greatly increases energy efficiency and reduces CO2 emissions as well as resource consumption.

Young Talent category

Thomas Kilian Bruderer
Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

The ‘Cho’jac’ backpack is a reinterpretation of traditional Mexican wickerwork. It consists of sustainable sisal derived from the Agave cactus, vegetable tanned leather as well as linen from flax that is cultivated in Europe. The backpack is handcrafted in small manufactories in the region of Berlin. All components are highly durable and either repairable or replaceable. The metal rivets can be unscrewed and reused. A share of the proceeds will be used to provide free, low-threshold classes for the local population in the Chiapas region of Mexico, with the aim of revitalising the wickerwork tradition and preserving this unique cultural technique.

Marcel Hansel, Linh Bùi Duy, Tobias Gamm, Constantin Gehlken, Maurice Hensdiek, Johanne Niggemann,
Christoph Owsianski, Fabian Pilz, Dennis Schlünzen

Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

The ‘crowdsweeper’ project aims at the development of autonomous drones for humanitarian ordnance clearance. In the long term, the devices are intended to handle all life-threatening tasks in the clearance of explosive ordnance. In the future, the project hopes to gain the sponsorship of companies and private individuals. These patrons will support the eventual real-world utilisation of the drones, and will receive direct feedback on the effects of their donation via an online portal.

DfC X JNJ CuratedCircularity designed for Infinity
Design for Circularity, Ina Budde

The fashion collection ‘DfC x JNJ’ impresses not only through a consistently-applied recyclability-oriented design, but also thanks to intelligent communication solutions and the underlying EXTENDED CLOSED LOOP model. The aim is to improve networking within the fashion industry and to enhance return structures as well as opportunities and services for reutilisation. Every garment in the collection includes a scannable label that, among other functions, highlights the material composition for customers and recycling companies and provides information on options for leasing and returns.

Sonnenwagen Aachen
The Sonnenwagen Aachen team
RWTH Aachen

Sustainable mobility concepts are crucial to our future. Behind the Sonnenwagen Aachen team is a group of students from RWTH Aachen and Aachen University of Applied Sciences. Together, they have developed a solar vehicle that will take part in an emission-free race across Australia – the World Solar Challenge 2017. The development and realisation of the solar vehicle are the core elements of the project, and are driving innovation in the fields of lightweight construction, solar energy and driving strategy.

Wetrace – Fisch
Caroline Konrad, Kim Huber
ecosign/Akademie für Gestaltung
In cooperation with KIAG Knowledge Intelligence Applications GmbH

The app ‘WETRACE – Fish’ aims to bring greater transparency to the value creation chain for fish products, as well as their quality and sustainability. The app is a convenient purchasing tool as well as a quick and handy aid for product appraisals. Via a product scan, users can receive information that spans the full product lifecycle – from the sources of raw materials to transportation, all the way to the supermarket shelf. A playful approach aims to encourage self-determined and sustainable purchasing decisions.

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