Just the sea, the sun - and us.
<font color="#ffff00">-=Alternative Energien=- sync:ßÇÈâÈâ Michael Köhler and his wife Heike (top right) are passionate sailors. But they were tired of being dependent on a diesel engine during calm periods. Their solution: an electric motor driven by solar cells. Today her company Solarwave is the most important supplier of solar yachts.
Whenever their time permitted, the Carinthian lawyer Michael Köhler and his wife Heike were on the move on the nearby Adriatic. They covered about 30000 nautical miles with monohulls, later about the same distance with sailing catamarans. But sometime in 2003 they had to admit to themselves: "We run far too many hours under engine. The wind is a rather unreliable partner. We have to call on the help of Rudolf Diesel far too often."
Put that old iron away.
Start-up. Horses have been shoed with horseshoes for more than 1000 years - in the age of high technology this alone is a little anachronistic. In fact, it even damages the health of the horses. A team of young founders - all of them no riders themselves - has now developed an alternative.
"We can also do electromobility."
Electric vehicles. The automotive industry is facing the greatest upheaval in its history. The Swabian automotive supplier ElringKlinger is right in the middle of this. Ten years ago, Stefan Wolf (right), Chairman of the Board of Management, and Walter Lechler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, outlined in private wealth why the company was particularly benefiting from the optimization of the combustion engine.
Duo under power.
Reestablishment. What does a family entrepreneur do when she has sold her father's company and has to realize that her influence as a manager is also dwindling? Susanne Puello (above) pulls the rip cord, looks for a strategic partner at mit Stefan Pierer and founds a new company in the traditional area. With Pexco GmbH she wants to shuffle up the world of e-bikes once again.