Solarworx wins BPW energy business plan competition

Berlin, 29th May 2019 – Solarworx wins the energy startup business plan competition organised by Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB), Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg (ILB) and Unternehmensverbände Berlin-Brandenburg (UVB). Among the three finalists Solarworx was able to convince the jury consisting of investors and experts in finance and energy including Dr. Karina Rigby, Siemens Vice President and…

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The story of Ngomna Nyouma

Ngamu Nyouma is a 42 years old man who lives with his 3 wifes in Sekande, a small village at the outskirts of Maroua, northern Cameroon. 

Electricity lines are running close by but for most of the villagers a connection is too expensive. He used to earn some money with his livestock but this is…

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SolarWorX wins SolarPower Europe Start-Up award

Munich, 4th December 2018 – SolarWorx wins the 1st Digital Solar & Storage award for Start-Ups initiated by SolarPowerEurope. After being shortlisted with three other start-ups, SolarWorX CEO Felix Boldt was able to convince the jury with the modular electrification approach. The price money was 5000€. “SolarWorX has developed a clever, clean power solution based…

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SolarWorX secures grant from IBB

Berlin, 30th August 2018 – SolarWorX receives a 50,000€ grant from Investitionsbank Berlin  (IBB) as a support for future business development. The funding programme is aimed at innovative start-ups in Berlin and provides a cost subsidy for the development, implementation and market entry of innovative products and services. Funding is provided for technological, digital or…

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First items in warehouse

The last days was still a lot of sample ordering and testing. And also the light has still some issues with sunrise and sunset, which unfortunately happens to be at least twice a day, and therefore is not acceptable. So I was digging into this tiny black box with the oszilloscope and my mood was…

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Jakob in China: Water Pump Testing

Shenzhen, 18th July 2018 – With today’s afternoon, SolarWorX has a new teststand for submersible pumps. In order to not only disassemble and check all the inner components for quality, but as well run some kind of real-live test, I installed two of them directly in front of my window, so I can watch them…

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Co-Creation workshop with MSc. Entech students

Kaub, 13th July 2018 – During this year’s Open Space Studio Summer Atelier 28 international students from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) participated in a co-creation workshop with SolarWorX and business managers from the impact investor InnoEnergy. Driven by the question how sustainable progress in developing countries can be achieved with…

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Mold surface and some more pump tests

Yesterday Fiona made me aware, that in order to use our special eco-material, we have to modify the surface of the mold to make injection traces less visible. I compared some options, but actually the only option really helping against those traces, will be, to make the surface pretty rough. Its not easy to imagine,…

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Business as usual

The last two days were not very exciting. Monday I needed to clearify a lot about the light production, as there were some misunderstandings about holding me in the loop during mold production. The advantage: they were fast, the mold is already in hardening and erosion process. The disadvantage: one day of fear, that they…

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Weekend

The week is almost over. What has been done so far: Panels have been reordered some small samples like phone-charging kits and keypads have been ordered and tested test ob submersible pumps is ongoing and not in smoke yet, though the water is getting pretty warm during the day Building two more samples of and…

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SD-Cards and Bats

Normally I would not expect to find any connection between bats and sd-cards. But after almost two days banging my head on the trickiness of ordering the proper sd-cards, I took my bicycle for some sport in the nearby park in the middle of the night. The SD-Cards were still cruising in my head while…

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Dinner

I took the chance of the good weather today during dinnertime, to take a photo of our nice pump test-stand from the outside – we should rather call it a test-hang. And don’t worry, the hen is not going to be dinnered, but is also going for dinner. I think she survived the most dangerous…

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Test of submersible pumps

With today’s afternoon, SolarWorX has a new teststand for submersible pumps. In order to not only disassemble and check all the inner components for quality, but as well run some kind of real-live test, I installed two of them directly in front of my window, so I can watch them burning in – what they…

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Sunday in China

Today I tried to have a little time off from work, which is not easy here in china. Together with a colleague we went to the seaside, which for chinese circumstances was surprisingly little crowded. I tried to enjoy to swim in the sea ignoring the perfect view to the local nuclear power base. I…

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Jakob in China: The Mold

Shenzhen, 15th June 2018 – A few days ago our production partner made me aware, that in order to use our special eco-material, we have to modify the surface of the mold to make injection traces less visible. I compared some options, but actually the only option really helping against those traces, will be, to…

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First prototype installation in Cameroon

Cameroon, 2nd April 2018 – During a field trip to Cameroon a first sample installation of a SolarWorX 50W Solar Home System prototype has been succesfully completed. As the target region the Extrême-Nord was chosen, where electrification rates are below 20% and temperatures climb up to 45 °C. “Our main target was to take the…

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